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Monday, July 28, 2008
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rbST—Facts and Fiction
by Michael F. Hutjens, Jimmy H. Clark, Richard L. Wallace, James K. Drackley, James G. Endress, David B. Fischer, Juan J. Loor, Gene C. McCoy,David J. Miller, Neal R. Merchen, and Roger D. Shanks
Illinois dairy producers are being asked to sign affidavits indicating they have stopped their use of rbST (recombinant bovine somatotrophin). The justification for this movement by dairy processors and retailers is that “consumers are demanding it”. However, surveys have indicated that consumers are indifferent and the movement is an effort by processors to create “value added” products for their benefits. This initiative sets a dangerous precedent for U.S. and global agriculture. Many universities are being asked to sign affidavits verifying that their dairies do not use rbST. The land grant universities and their dairies play a critical role in the rbST affidavit dilemma. We recognize there are economic considerations on both sides. We also believe there are moral, ethical, and leadership roles the universities must address in the consideration of these affidavits. This is a pivotal matter for U.S. agriculture and it deserves discussion, debate, and action.
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