If you are a milk drinker – and there are debates on whether it’s even healthy to drink the most organic, natural milk – then look for organic milk. If organic milk is too expensive, look for milk that states on the label that it’s produced without the use of bovine growth hormone (rBGH). This is injected into cows so they produce more milk.
To make it easier, Sustainable Table has created a map that will show you where in your area you can buy hormone-free milk (and other dairy products):
When you’re eating out or just grabbing a latte at a place like Starbuck’s, ask your server/barista if the milk they’re using is hormone-free. If not, make a request to the manager that they start offering hormone-free milk as an option.
News about one company that banned its dairy farmers from using rBGH:
News about the controversy of whether to require the labeling of rBGH in dairy products:
I cannot find a current petition campaign to ban the use of rBGH in the U.S. If someone comes across this, please let me know by leaving a comment on this post. Thanks.