Excerpts from Light of the Bhagavata by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
“In the midst of the thunder in the cloudy sky there appears a rainbow that has no string. Its appearance is compared to the appearance of the Supreme Personality of Godhead or His servants in the midst of the material atmosphere.”-Light of the Bhagavata, Verse 15
What’s in Your Milk? An Expose on the DANGERS of Genetically Engineered Milk
By Samuel S. Epstein, M.D.
Cancer Prevention Coalition, January 3, 2007
Straight to the Source
CHICAGO, Illinois, –/WORLD-WIRE/– Dr. Samuel S. Epstein, professor emeritus of environmental medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health and world renowned author, has announced the publication of his new book, “What’s in Your Milk?”, a powerful expose of the dangers of Monsanto’s genetically engineered (rBGH) milk, and the company’s no-holds-barred conspiracy to suppress this information.
rBGH (recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone) is a genetically engineered, potent variant of the natural growth hormone produced by cows. Manufactured by Monsanto, it is sold to dairy farmers under the trade name POSILAC. Injection of this hormone forces cows to increase their milk production by about 10%. Monsanto has stated that about one third of dairy cows are in herds where the hormone is used.
Monsanto, supported by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), insist that rBGH milk is indistinguishable from natural milk, and that it is safe for consumers. This is blatantly false: rBGH makes cows sick. Monsanto has been forced to admit to about 20 toxic effects, including mastitis, on its Posilac label.
*rBGH milk is contaminated by pus, due to the mastitis commonly induced by rBGH, and antibiotics used to treat the mastitis. *rBGH milk is chemically, and nutritionally different than natural milk. *Milk from cows injected with rBGH is contaminated with the hormone, traces of which are absorbed through the gut into the blood. *rBGH milk is supercharged with high levels of a natural growth factor (IGF-1), which is readily absorbed through the gut. *Excess levels of IGF-1 have been incriminated as a cause of breast, colon, and prostate cancers. IGF-1 blocks natural defense mechanisms against early submicroscopic cancers. *rBGH factory farms pose a major threat to the viability of small dairy farms. *rBGH enriches Monsanto, while posing dangers, without any benefits, to consumers, especially in view of the current national surplus of milk.
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Know the Source of Your Supplements
The following website contains biological and nutritional information on the origin of Vitamin D supplements. This is a must read for strict vegetarians.
US Faces Change as Climate Warms
By EDITH M. LEDERER -- Associated Press Writer
Tuesday, April 10th, 2007 06:52 PM (PDT)
UNITED NATIONS (AP) Chicago and Los Angeles will likely face increasing heat waves. Severe storm surges could hit New York and Boston. And cities that rely on melting snow for water may run into serious shortages.
These are some of the findings about North America in a report by hundreds of scientists that try to explain how global warming is changing life on Earth. The scientists with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a summary of their findings on global warming last Friday and outlined details of the report focusing on various regions on Tuesday.
According to the panel, global warming is already having an effect on daily life but when the Earth gets a few degrees hotter, the current inconvenience could give way to danger and even death. The North American impact will be felt from Florida and Texas to Alaska and Canada’s Northwest Territories.
“Canada and the United States are, despite being strong economies with the financial power to cope, facing many of the same impacts that are projected for the rest of the world,” Achim Steiner, executive director of the U.N. Environment Program which co-founded the panel, said in a statement.
He said the findings underline that the best way to reduce the effects of global warming is “deep and decisive cuts in greenhouse gas emissions to avoid dangerous climate change in the first place.”
The panel warned that shifts in rainfall patterns, melting glaciers, rising temperatures, increased demand and reduced supplies of water in some places are likely to increase tensions between users – industry, agriculture and a growing population.
“Heavily-utilized water systems of the western U.S. and Canada, such as the Columbia River, that rely on capturing snowmelt runoff, will be especially vulnerable,” the report said.
A temperature warming of a few degrees by the 2040s is likely to sharply reduce summer flows, at a time of rising demand, it said.
By then, the panel estimated that Portland, Oregon, will require over 26 million additional cubic meters of water as a result of climate change and population growth, but the Columbia River’s summer supply will have dropped by an estimated 5 million cubic meters.
Meanwhile, it said, just over 40 percent of the water supply to southern California is likely to be vulnerable by the 2020s due to losses of the Sierra Nevada and Colorado River basin snow packs.
The panel also said “lower levels in the Great Lakes are likely to influence many sectors” and exacerbate controversies over diverting water to cities such as Chicago, and the competing demands of water quality, lake-based transport, and drought mitigation.
Cities could also be at risk from high tides and storm surges, it said.
By Bruce Edwards Rutland Herald
A highly touted renewable energy program created by Central Vermont Public Service Corp. was honored Monday with the Vermont Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence.
CVPS Cow Power, which turns manure into energy, and Blue Spruce Farm in Bridport were the recipients of the state’s highest environmental award. The award recognized Cow Power’s benefits of improved air and water quality, reduced greenhouse gases and generating renewable energy.
The award was presented by Gov. James Douglas to Cow Power coordinator David Dunn and Marie Audet of Blue Spruce Farm, the first dairy farm in CV’s service territory to produce electricity from manure.
“Through their partnership, the Audet family and Central Vermont Public Service have given new economic hope to many of our Vermont farms while providing customers a fully renewable energy choice,” Douglas said in presenting the award at a Statehouse ceremony. “In creating CVPS Cow Power, the company built an entirely new economic and environmental model for manure management, and the Audets were brave enough to become pioneers and prove that it would work.”
Hungary Cows gone Hungry?
Video clip of cows in Hungary's ISKCON cow protection program in full
ecstasy after being set out to pasture for the first time this year.