Walmart Says No to Milk from “Juiced” Cows

When Walmart takes a position in the marketplace, it’s hard not to notice. There’s little doubt that Monsanto hasn’t taken notice of Walmart’s decision to no longer carry milk from cows injected with Posilac, the synthetic growth hormone produced by Monsanto since 1994.

Some believe Walmart is delivering the knock-out blow, following behind other food retailers such as Kroger, Safeway and Starbucks in banning dairy products containing (or produced through the use of) recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH). In 2006 Dean Foods, producer of 2 billion gallons of milk per year, made the decision to stop using Posilac.

While Monsanto and, thus far, the FDA (who approved the use of Posilac in 1993) claim there are no health risks to humans from rBGH – it doesn’t really seem very pleasant for the cows. The claims of the FDA and Monsanto notwithstanding, there are concerns about the effects of rBGH in humans. Use of rBGH is banned in Europe and Canada.

There are no labeling requirements for dairy products produced using growth hormone. In a curious twist (at least to me) some dairy producers have petitioned the FDA to block the labeling of milk and other dairy products produced without the use of rBGH – claiming the label of “organic” (or at least made with no synthetic growth hormone) is misleading to the consumer since there is no evidence that organic products are any safer or more nutritious than products produced with synthetic growth hormone.

But it all may be in vain.

On the first hand, there is ample evidence of the ill-effects growth hormones have on the cows themselves, and even if we don’t really care so much for the cows (and we should), those ill-effects make their way up the food chain and into our glass of milk.

And on the second hand, Walmart (and others) move on what the consumer wants. And that appears to be milk, cheese, and yogurt produced from dairy cows free of rBGH.

As goes Walmart, so goes rBGH. Maybe its time for Monsanto to throw in the towel.


Tom is the founder, editor, and publisher of and the TDS Environmental Media Network. He has been a contributor for Triple Pundit since 2007. Tom has also written for Slate, Earth911, the Pepsico Foundation, Cleantechnia, Planetsave, and many other sustainability-focused publications. He is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists

6 responses

  1. That is excellent news and a step in the right direction. I know so many people that blindly trust the FDA to protect them (and they buy milk from Walmart). That is one less dangerous chemical in their bodies.

  2. Walmart is not my hero and never will.
    They have made so many decisions that have hurt people so I doubt something that was going to happen anyway is going to change my mind.

  3. Walmart is not my hero and never will.
    They have made so many decisions that have hurt people so I doubt something that was going to happen anyway is going to change my mind.

  4. This growth hormone should never have been approved for your milk in the first place. I saw on a show one time how Canadian dairy farmers were having problems competing with American farmers because the States used hormones. I am proud that we never did.
    A proud Canadian

  5. This is what we, the consumers, want, so this is what they have to give us or they lose profit. We keep demanding safer food and not relying on the FDA to keep us safe and they have to do it-it’s all about the money.

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