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The average consumer has been misled and not informed of the many conflicting viewpoints regarding bST and rBGH What is bST and why is rBGH so controversial Is milk still the same natural wholesome product you have always thought it to be Are people trying to change natures most perfect food into something genetically altered Do you and the average American consumer know what you are consuming and the risks These are some of the questions I will be looking closer at through out this paper that you may be armed to make an informed decision as to your choice in milk products Youve heard the slogan Got Milk but my question to you is Do you want Milk Bovine Somatotropin is a bovine growth hormone bST found in cattle The word bovine refers to cattle and the word samatotropin refers to the name of the hormone Hormones are chemicals that are secreted by glands within the body They are natural substances that affect the way the body operates Bovine samatotropin abbreviated as bST is a protein hormone produced in cattle by the pituitary gland located at the base of the animals brain The hormone is produced naturally in lactating milk-producing cows to feed their young A hormone similar to bST is produced in all species of animals including humans HGH This hormone is important for growth development and other bodily functions of all animals In the 1930s it was discovered that by injecting more bST into lactating cows significantly increased milk production on average 20-40 The only natural source of bST however that was available was from the pituitary glands of slaughtered cattle There were only small quantities of bST available and it was very expensive There have been extensive studies done over the years on the natural bST injections of cows These studies found no unusual side effects of injecting the cows The testing included effects on the quality
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