Monsanto Bullys a New Victim

By Robert Cohen Executive Director
The Bully's New Victim

Monsanto has declared war on another little guy. Monsanto is a big bully, but I've got a secret that will bring them to their knees.

Their timing was designed to create despair and suffering. Their legal papers were filed on the Thursday before the long July 4th holiday weekend. No time for attorneys to review the complaint. A long Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for Althea, Stanley, and William Bennett, third generation owners of Oakhurst Dairy in Portland, Maine.

Their timing is also unfortunate for Monsanto's stockholders. As biotechnology is being debated around the
world, as the European Community considers easing rules regarding genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in American foods, as George Bush blackmails African nations with loss of American dollars in exchange for accepting GMOs, the last thing Monsanto needs is a revelation of the manner of duplicity that I will reveal in today's column.

The Bennett's crime was to market their milk with this label:

" Our Farmers' Pledge: No Artificial Growth Hormones."

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Monsanto has filed papers in federal court, arguing that milk from cows treated with their genetically engineered
bovine growth hormone is no different from untreated milk.

That is a lie, of course, and Monsanto knows it.

I have evidence that Monsanto's own scientist (Margaret Miller) confirmed the validity of an assay that can
determine the difference between genetically engineered milk and normal milk. Scientist Margaret Miller left Monsanto in the middle of the FDA approval process and went to work at FDA where she analyzed her own research, which led to approval.

In approving Monsanto's genetically engineered bovine growth hormone, the Food & Drug Administration determined that there were no differences between "wholesome" milk and the new genetically modified version. The FDA relieved Monsanto from the obligation of developing a test for the new milk, stating that there could be no test because the milks were identical. Of course, this was a lie. Since Miller now worked for FDA, she was aware of the lie. Since she once worked for Monsanto, it is clear that the pharmaceutical giant knew of the lie, too. How do I know this?

I filed a Freedom of Information Act request for Miller's FDA job application. On that document, she boasts of having performed that very test. Talk about smoking guns! I also interviewed the scientist who holds the patent for that test. He confirmed Miller's complicity.

Monsanto hired ex-Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, who stated that the two milks were indistinguishable. After such confirmation from the esteemed Dr. Koop, who needed a second opinion?

However, I have uncovered a previously unpublicized secret. I am sharing this with you and Oakhurst Farm so that the truth be known about genetically engineered milk. I am not a popular person in this new America. The United States of Monsanto-land. To the Monsanto government, I am a terrorist for revealing this secret of state. If you doubt who runs things, review this:

The milks are different, Monsanto claims?

Cornell University dairy scientist, Vitaly Spitsberg, owns a patent for a method to detect hormonal treatment in animals (US Patent #5,635,401).

The unbelievable part of this patent confirms that Cornell University was given grant money by the United States
Department of Agriculture in 1992, two years before Monsanto received official approval for the use of recombinant bovine somatotropin (rbST) in dairy cows (Grant #92-27206-779). Who says Monsanto and the U.S. government are not one big happy family? Monsanto's plays both sides of the political fence. I have no information as to activities that occur behind closed doors of the oval office, but President Clinton praised Monsanto in his 1998 State of the Union Address.

Now to the evidence that will win the case for Oakhurst. The same evidence that is a condemnation of genetic engineering and biotechnology. Nature always finds a way to tame the arrogance of man.

One feature of milk is that it is loaded with saturated fat. These fat molecules are not entirely fat. They are actually composed of many different layers. The thin outermost layer is made of protein, and that is the key. While one would assume that genetically engineered milk could be tested by measuring the levels of bovine growth hormone or insulin- like growth factor-I, the new patented test measures an unusual protein in the membrane named "milk fat globule membrane" or MFGM. Keeping this simple, the MFGM contains an unusual protein named mammary derived growth inhibitor, which is a fatty acid-binding protein (MDGI or FABP). The
new patented method measures the amounts of these new proteins so that an easy test of milk can determine whether it has been genetically engineered.

FDA's conclusion that the milk was identical is more than a deception. It's more than a lie. It's a betrayal to the
American public. What I am revealing to you today just adds more evidence that somebody knew the truth a few years before final approval of Monsanto's genetically engineered bovine growth hormone.

I am helping Oakhurst Dairy because it is the right thing to do. If not for Monsanto, I would be developing real estate. Monsanto taught me about genetic engineering and milk. I've learned that all milk contains powerful growth hormones.

Oakhurst Dairy is careful not to represent that their milk is hormone-free. It is not. If you drink cow's milk,
genetically engineered or otherwise, you will be ingesting powerful steroid and protein growth hormones.

Permission is given for you to share this column with other persons or groups. The truth about genetic engineering must be known. The Internet remains our opportunity to level the playing field. I have risked a lot by writing this column. Please do your part in helping to get out the truth.

Robert Cohen, author of: MILK A-Z
Executive Director (
Dairy Education Board