Below is an article from today's Daily Grist that moved me to do a little research into milk additives, esp. rBGH (bovine growth hormone) or rBST *AND* it's absence on product labels.
Long story short, a Google of rBGH free milk in California led me to only one source, the Straus Family Creamery (linked below). Here in the central valley our only outlet is Whole Foods, Trader Joe's carries their yogurt. You lucky folks in N. California will, for a short time have the following available:
"...three Costco stores (Santa Rosa, Novato and Rohnert Park) will be carrying our Reduced Fat 2% Milk starting the week of April 19 for a 2 month trial period. The milk will come in a box containing two gallons of milk in plastic recyclable containers. (Don't worry, we are NOT discontinuing our milk in glass bottles...it just won't be at Costco). 1% of our profits from the Costco milk sales will be donated to the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT), the nonprofit organization that has helped allow over 35,000 acres on 53 farms remain in agriculture. If the milk does well at Costco, there is a chance it will continue to be carried at these stores as well as other northern California locations."
If you feel this is important, please vote with your dollars, it would be nice to have this option available to everyone in our state.
To keep this on a food related note, here is their website's list of restaurants that feature their products.
Disclaimer: I am in no way, shape or form associated with this company, the dairy industry, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's or any stray cows.
I think one of the things that really ticked me off was Monsanto's (and others) campaign to keep the consumer in the dark. FWIW
Safe-Food Advocate Rick North InterActivates
Rick North is not a doctor, but he plays one as director of Physicians for Social Responsibility's Campaign for Safe Food. He also plays Grist InterActivist this week, offering trenchant thoughts about corporate influence on government, the lost art of common courtesy, and some unpleasant gunk that's probably in your milk. Aside from a fondness for the movie "Animal House," Rick is a smart, well-spoken guy who will inspire you with his tireless, cheerful activism. Just don't get him started about Monsanto. Read his answers to our questions, and don't forget to send him questions of your own -- only on the Grist Magazine website.
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