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Monsanto seeks to ban the truth 

Ben & Jerry's is now owned by a conglomerate, but the company's luscious ice cream still is made from milk that contains no synthetic growth hormones in it, a fact that the company proudly advertises right on its carton. And that really POs Monsanto.

Monsanto is not in the ice cream business, but it is in the deadly serious business of trying to ice anyone who disses the synthetic hormone that it manufactures. Some dairy farmers inject their cows with Monsanto's rBGH product, which forces the animals to give more milk. It's not good for the cows and there are unanswered questions about its impact on human health, so many consumers don't want milk products with this stuff in it, preferring not to have their families used as guinea pigs for corporate profit.

Monsanto has waged a long campaign to keep consumers from knowing what their product gets into, opposing efforts to label any dairy products as being free from the synthetic hormone. Last year, however, Monsanto failed in its effort to get the FDA to ban such labels. Now there's a new group standing against consumer choice on this issue. It's called American Farmers for the Advancement and Conservation of Technology.

Sounds very sciency, doesn't it? It's not it's a lobbing front that's going from state to state, trying to get legislators to prevent companies like Ben & Jerry's from advertising that their goods contain none of the synthetic stuff. Guess who's behind this outfit? Right: It's funded by Monsanto.

You'd think that any effort to ban companies from making a true statement on their labels would be laughed out of any legislature, but Monsanto is determined to kill the consumer's right to know, already having pushed for bills and regulations in Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania. To stay informed about where Monsanto's attack squad will strike next, contact organicconsumers.org. Jim Hightower is the author of Let's Stop Beating Around the Bush, on sale from Viking Press. For more, visit jimhightower.com.

  • Monsanto is deadly serious about trying to ice anyone who disses its synthetic hormone.

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