A (Little) Little Good News Today: Monsanto loses Posilac
According to Jim Hightower's web site today, corporate ag-chem giant Monsanto has put its Posilac business up for sale. This is good, because it means the company could not force the American people to accept milk laced with an artificial sex hormone.
It's news because Monsanto had unsuccessfully sued to keep farmers and dairies from advertising their milk as free of the product.
And it's a little, little good news because this is just one brand-name of artificial growth hormone. Posilac buyer Eli Lilly will keep the additive available.
But stock share prices for Monsanto went up considerably on the news, and those of Lilly fell slightly.
It's too much to hope for that public reaction will stop the use of these artificial hormones in our milk, or have an impact on CAFO-style dairy operations.
Do these look like happy cows to you?
Yet, these cows have it good, comparatively. Cows in bigger CAFO operations have less room and are in far less hygienic conditions, often. California's environmental regulations -- which the Governator hasn't yet seen fit to gut as the President has done with federal regulations and enforcement, or as W did with Texas' regulations in the 1990s -- have driven many of these operators out of California.
What bothers me is the ones who've come to Texas don't seem to be as interested in the cows' welfare as the operator of the Iowa dairy pictured above.