Hormone-Free Labeling...what it means.
THANKS to the Organic Trade Association (OTA) and its members, including Horizon Organic®, Organic Valley®, and Stonyfield Farm® who fought for over two years for consumers' right to know what we are consuming. They finally won for us last year with ~ Hormone-Free labeling.
They won by finally convincing a federal court in Ohio that there actually is a significant difference between the milk of cows given growth hormone and those that aren't, something many in the scientific community have been challenging for years. SO, since there is indeed a difference, milk that has been treated with synthetic bovine growth hormones, should be labeled as such.
The U.S. is one of the few industrialized nations the allow the use of synthetic growth hormones to artificially stimulate milk production in dairy herds. This practice is already prohibited in Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and in the 27 countries of the European Union. At the very least, U.S. consumers should know whether the milk they are buying has synthetic growth hormones or not ~ wouldn't you want to have that choice???
"OTA believes consumers have a right to know how their food was produced, and organic farmers and manufacturers should be allowed to tell them," said Christine Bushway, CEO of OTA, a leading trade group for the $26.6 billion organic industry in North America. "We are pleased the court agrees," added Bushway.
So are we!