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rBST is a product primarily given to dairy cattle by injection to increase milk production. Bovine somatotropin or bovine somatotrophin (abbreviated bST and BST ), or BGH , is a peptide hormone produced by the cow's pituitary gland. [ 1 ] Like other hormones, it is produced in small quantities and is used in regulating metabolic processes. [ 1 ] After the biotech company Genentech discovered and patented the gene for BST in the 1970s, [ 2 ] it became possible to synthesize the hormone using recombinant DNA technology to create recombinant bovine somatotropin ( rBST ), recombinant bovine growth hormone ( rBGH ), or artificial growth hormone . Four large pharmaceutical companies, Monsanto , American Cyanamid , Eli Lilly , and Upjohn , raced to develop commercial rBST products and submitted them to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for approval. [ 3 ] [ 4 ] Monsanto Corporation was the first firm approved in the United States (and worldwide).
President Obama knows that agribusiness cannot be trusted with the regulatory powers of government. On the campaign trail in 2007 , he promised: We'll tell ConAgra that it's not the Department of Agribusiness. It's the Department of Agriculture.
February 13, 2012 In a major victory for public health and what will hopefully lead to other nations taking action, a French court decided today that GMO crops monster .
May 24, 2011 | By Monica Eng, Tribune reporter
Dinesh C. Sharma New Delhi, May 11, 2011 | UPDATED 19:06 IST Fresh doubts have arisen about the safety of genetically modified crops, with a new study reporting presence of Bt toxin , used widely in GM crops, in human blood for the first time.