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Monsanto, Stop Bullying Tiny Dairy Over Growth Hormones

In a move of Goliath-attacking-David proportions, Monsanto, the multi-national agrichemical company, is suing a small, family-owned milk producer in Maine because they advertise that their farmers pledge not to use artificial growth hormones (also known as rBST) on the cows that produce their milk.

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In response to consumer demand for dairy products produced by cows free of rBST, Oakhurst Dairy pays its suppliers a price premium not to use artificial growth hormones on their cows and advertises this via a "Farmer's Pledge" emblem on their products. The dairy makes no health claim about the Farmer's Pledge, but Monsanto claims that even a factual assertion misleads consumers!

Although approved for use in the U.S. by the FDA, artificial growth hormones are already banned in the European Union and Canada, and Monsanto clearly fears that even informing consumers of their use will damage its sales. Lawsuits such as these are shameless attempts to use the financial clout of a multi-billion-dollar monopolist to intimidate a tiny family-owned business. Consumers want the information being provided to them, and Monsanto should get out of the way.

Urge Monsanto to leave the Oakhurst Dairy alone and immediately drop its lawsuit.

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