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A Retired Professor Takes a Newspaper Columnist to Task for her Column About Tainted Milk and "Junk Science."
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Dear Editor, Re; The phony tainted milk scare (Margaret Wente, Globe & Mail, October 29, 2015). In her preamble, Ms. Wente suggests that “we need to blow the whistle on junk science”. I agree, but we need to do the same on junk journalism, which is exemplified by her article. My understanding is that journalism’s first obligation is to tell the truth (i.e. the whole truth, and not half-truths & tainted opinions; as is the case with Ms Wente’s piece). For example, she states that: The (bovine) growth hormone, also known as rBST, which stimulates the cow’s milk production, is “the same hormone that is naturally produced in the cow’s pituitary gland.” Further: “Milk from treated cows is virtually identical to other milk.” And: “ there aren’t any effects of rBGH on human health”. These statements are not true; in fact, Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH or rBST) is a genetically engineered drug, originally developed by Monsanto, which la
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