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Frank
Jul 5th, 2008, 04:28 PM
Bovine growth hormone 'could cut CO2 emissions'

By Steve Connor, Science Editor
Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Full article here:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/bovine-growth-hormone-could-cut-co2-emissions-857645.html

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The use of bovine growth hormone to boost milk production – a bęte noire of the organic food movement – could cut emissions of greenhouses gases substantially, according to a study that makes a strong environmental case for the controversial cattle injections.

Bovine growth hormone has been used extensively in the US for the past 14 years but is subject to a moratorium in the EU on animal welfare grounds. But now a team of American scientists has argued that its widespread adoption could help to feed a growing human population as well as helping to combat global warming.

The findings are likely to be used by the biotechnology industry, and in particular Monsanto, the US manufacturers of bovine growth hormone, to argue for the lifting of the EU moratorium on environmental grounds.

A dairy cow given bovine growth hormone produces between 10 and 16 per cent higher milk yields over a given lactation cycle, the study said. This would reduce "inputs" in the form of feedstuffs, fertilisers and fuels as well as waste "outputs" such as methane and carbon dioxide.

"Supplementing cows with [growth hormone] on an industry-wide scale would improve sustainability," said Judith Capper, of Cornell University in New York, the lead author of the study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Robin Maynard, of the Soil Association, said: "Routinely shooting up cows with a genetically modified hormone to squeeze more milk from them offers no sustainable solution to intensive farming's carbon footprint, nor for animal welfare."

Frank
Jul 5th, 2008, 04:52 PM
The findings are likely to be used by the biotechnology industry, and in particular Monsanto, the US manufacturers of bovine growth hormone, to argue for the lifting of the EU moratorium on environmental grounds.




No surprises there.

They will 'bend' everything they can to make money - at our expense?

Ames
Jul 5th, 2008, 05:02 PM
Thats sickening- they are freely admitting that it is not good for the animals but think it should be allowed anyway, how completely ridiculous. Surely encouraging dairy-free alternatives makes more sense?! Argh!

Ruby Rose
Jul 5th, 2008, 05:08 PM
It's the same story over and over - farming is a business. Businesses exist to make money, and bugger what has to suffer for a quick buck. Health, animal welfare, environmental concerns - all of these things only get the briefest look in when businesses see an angle to screw more money out of their wretched stock.

moggy
Jul 5th, 2008, 05:58 PM
The poors cows udders are so big that they are standing on them and ripping them as it is now. So this either means even bigger udders (are these cows meant to be able to walk?) or are they now going to have to endure milking 3 times a day instead of 2.