Friday, July 18, 2003It turns out suing Oakhurst Dairy wasn't the first time Monsanto bullied others to keep information about the Bovine Growth Hormone they produce, rBGH, away from consumers. In 1998, two Pulitzer-prize winning journalists were fired from a Fox affiliate in Florida after reporting on the dangers of BGH. Steve Wilson and Jane Akre had been leaked a Canadian study that concluded Monsanto's synthetic hormone needed more testing because some lab rats developed throid cysts and infiltration in the prostate, and milk produced by cows given BGH contained high levels of IGF-1, a compound that has been linked to increased risk of breast, colon and prostate cancers. Fox pressured the two to re-write the story numerous times after being contacted by Monsanto, ultimately firing the two reporters. The two have documented the lengthy court battle with Fox on a website, www.foxBGHsuit.com.
Posted by Rob at 2:26 PM