Posted: 28 May 2004
"The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph... I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection."
I admit to murdering the bastard. I plunged a knife deep into the belly of the beast. Get the handcuffs and leg restraints. I am a dangerous criminal. Lead me off to jail.
Monsanto will neither press charges nor credit me with the kill. Why give their least favorite person credit where credit is due?
FDA will not admit it either. After all, they still work for Monsanto. See:
You will soon be reading a remarkable headline. The genetically engineered bovine growth hormone is dead. Posilac, aka rbGH, rbST, cow-fuel, milk-poison, will soon cease to exist.
What did this cost me? Ten years of my life, and it was worth it. The ten potentially highest earning years of one man's life, from ages 42-52, all sacrificed for a principle. Like a pit bull, I grabbed onto Monsanto's leg and would not let go.
A tough decision awaits executives at the upper echelons of Monsanto. A decision is being debated in corporate corridors. They cannot afford to take Posilac off of the market, for that would be the end of their genetic engineering technology. On the other hand, they cannot afford to keep Posilac on the market, for the entire dairy industry has woken up to this fact of economic reality: the genetically engineered bovine growth hormone was bad for business.
Surplus milk resulting from this hormone kept milk prices low.
Adverse publicity from the bovine growth hormone caused people to question all milk consumption.
Adverse publicity from the bovine growth hormone caused people to explore milk alternatives, like soymilk.
Adverse publicity from the bovine growth hormone created the "Notmilkman," the dairy industry's worst nightmare.
Before his death, my webmaster, Dave Rietz, often used a favorite expression. "Every avalanche begins with a snowflake." At first, Dave and I each represented one snowflake. Then we grew into two large snowballs. We rolled down a hill, all the while gaining momentum and mass. Some avalanche! Dave will enjoy today's column.
Four months ago (Sunday, December 21, 2003), I filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
One day earlier, I had received a copy of a letter alerting dairy farmers that Monsanto's genetically engineered bovine growth hormone (rbST) would be in short supply. Monsanto wrote:
That next day, I called many people at FDA, attempting to get the facts. Nobody was talking. In 1999, I had filed a citizen's petition with FDA to take Posilac off the market. I submitted evidence of how Monsanto defrauded FDA. It took FDA five years to act. They closed Monsanto's Posilac factory a few months ago. Monsanto lied to dairy farmers, calling it a "temporary production problem."
Monsanto had created a potential catastrophe for humankind. I give FDA credit for finally acting.
I discovered that Monsanto had made a gene transcription error during the development of their new genetic technology. Proteins are made up of amino acids. Each time that Monsanto attempted to re-create their new hormone, one amino acid, lysine, was incorrectly transcribed as a "freak" amino acid, epsilon-N-acetyllysine.
For nearly five years, FDA ignored my request.
Then, things became interesting. Monsanto mailed a letter to Posilac-using dairy farmers on December 19, 2003. Monsanto shocked farmers by alerting them that Posilac would be in limited supply until:
Monsanto attempted to fix the errors. They have not been successful. FDA now knows of those mistakes because my whistleblowing broke windows.
What became the snowflake to make the snowball to begin the avalanche?
On Wednesday, February 4, 2004, I received the damning evidence that confirmed Monsanto's crime against humankind. Thirty hours of non-stop research and confirmation later supported the magnitude of Monsanto's crime.
In a column written before last Christmas, I predicted:
The most damning evidence was found in observation number 1, filed by an FDA investigator after inspecting Monsanto's rebombinant bovine somatotropin (rbST or Posilac) production facility at Biochemisetrasse 10, Kundl, Austria.
"There is a failure to thoroughly review the failure of a batch or any of its components to meet any of its specifications whether or not the batch has been thoroughly distributed."
"Specifically, the corrective actions implemented after the investigation of nine sterility failures reported since 2001 (3 for 2001, 3 for 2002, and 3 for 2003) for Posilac injection or for the lyophilized active ingredient (Sometribove zinc) have not been effective in preventing reoccurrence. In five instances (2 for 2001, 1 for 2002, and 2 for 2003) the organism was identified as Propionibacterium acnes; Staphylococcus species have been identified in three instances and in one instance (in 2002) Bacillus pumilus was found. Propionibacterium was found in environmental samples of the manufacturing areas. Batches manufactured around the same period of time and under the same conditions of the affected lots have been released to the market."
"Equipment for adequate control over micro-organisms is not provided when appropriate for the manufacture, processing, packing or holding of a drug product."
As Jeff Goldbloom said to Geena Davis in the classic horror film, The Fly (1986): "Be scared, be very scared." The first attempt to produce a new food by pretending to understand God's genetic code resulted in a new kind of milk, supersaturated with powerful growth hormones. FDA lied to America, claiming that milk had not changed. That was the beginning.
With this last FOIA request, we learned the answer to the query, "What hath God wrought?" Humankind will now be asking, "What hath man wrought?"
It has been well reported that a new emerging species of bacteria has developed, immune to antibiotic treatment. Staphylococcus aureus plagues many American hospitals in this new outbreak. Could the etiology of the mother of all deadly staph infections be traced to a new genetically engineered version of staph, a superbug inadvertently produced by Monsanto and then introduced into the food supply? In 1989, such staphyloccus infections were unknown to hospitals. By 2002, nearly two-thirds of all hospital infections could be attributed to antibiotic-resistant staphlococcus infections.
A second bacterium on FDA's (once) secret report reveals that Posilac samples were found to contain bacillus pumilus. This bacterium degrades cellulose. What would be the result of genetically engineering something that breaks down the heartiest of plant cells with a cow hormone? As my dear departed Grandma Ruth used to say, "God only knows."
A third bacterium found was identified as propionibacterium acnes (P-acnes). What the heck is P-acnes? An Internet search revealed:
Farmers will produce less milk. The price of milk and dairy commodities will soar, as they have been doing since the first Posilac shortage began. Cows will be less stressed as their udders shrink because they are no longer injected with high octane hormone fuel. The pus cell rates will mysteriously decrease. Farmers will be given credit for producing safer and cleaner milk.
And I? I'll be pointing my finger (guess which one) at the dairy industry, shouting: "It's hormones, stupid!"
All milk naturally contains powerful growth hormones. Even the healthiest organic milk from the healthiest cow. Thank you, Monsanto, for teaching me the basics.
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