Starbucks, the coffee chain and favorite pre-workout hangout of most bodybuilders, the Carolina Panthers, several MLB sluggers, and Jason Grimsely, announced that it will forgo products with 'bovine growth hormone'. Report out here in the AP.
SEATTLE -- Starbucks Coffee Co. is ending its use of milk products that contain an artificial growth hormone, starting in much of the West and New England. Less than a month after announcing that the chain would stop selling items with trans fats in half its U.S. stores, Starbucks said Tuesday it had begun buying only milk products without bovine growth hormone in those areas...
For more than a decade, some advocacy groups have asserted that there has not been enough research on the effects in humans of milk products from cows that were given the hormone, which is administered to dairy cattle during the middle phase of lactation to boost milk production.
Large-scale dairy operators contend there is no scientific evidence to suggest any effect on humans from the recombinant bovine growth hormone, (rBGH), which is marketed as Posilac by Monsanto Co. of St. Louis, which obtained approval from the Food and Drug Administration for commercial sales beginning in early 1994.
"Growth hormones only work on their own kind. A lot of people don't understand that," said Blair Thompson, a spokesman for the Washington Dairy Products Commission.
Environmental groups have long protested against the use of artificially stimulated cow milk. The groups say the rBGH (bovine growth hormone) leaks into milk produced in these cows. Milk producers on the other hand, says rBGH is inactive in humans. There is concern that rBGH increases IGF-1 (link may req registration) and other peptides that may affect humans. These peptides are not thought to increase human growth. Sammy Sosa says he can't read English well enough to evaluate the arguments.
In other news, haberdashers have revealed that hat sizes have seemed to decrease since the Starbucks' decision.....