- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Real threats to public health Despite years of promotion by biotechnology cheerleaders such as Henry Miller (“Gore vs. the environment,” Commentary, Saturday), consumers are justifiably wary of milk produced with the artificial growth hormone recombinant bovine somatotropin, or rBST. Bovine somatotropin (bST) is a protein hormone that occurs naturally in cows. rBST is the genetically modified version used to increase milk production. Proponents of rBST claim that it is indistinguishable from the naturally occurring hormone, but the United States is the only industrialized country to approve rBST. Japan, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the European Union outlawed the artificial hormone due to unanswered questions about links to breast, colon and prostate cancer, as well as increased rates of infections in cows.

Mr. Miller’s argument that rBST is better for the environment is as misleading as his claims about its safety. The Department of Agriculture estimates that more than half of rBST is used on the largest industrial dairy operations, where thousands of cows crammed together generate air and water pollution that threatens Americans’ health. Meanwhile, small farms use less than 10 percent of rBST.

Consumers should not have to assume the risk from rBST just so more milk can come from factory farms.

WENONAH HAUTER

Executive director

Food and Water Watch

Washington

Don’t sell Rudy short

I take exception to Bruce Bartlett’s column in which he stated Republicans need the “anti-Bush” (“Who is the anti-Bush?” Commentary, July 4). He also thinks former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is a “one-issue candidate.” I disagree.

President Bush had a good vision for solving continuing Middle East problems relative to the United States, but I believe the media and Democrats did all they could to sabotage America’s efforts, much like they did during Vietnam. I don’t believe Mr. Giuliani would allow the media and Democrats to get such a “free pass” as Mr. Bush has given them these past five years.

Mr. Giuliani is a proven leader in more ways than just his reaction after September 11. He reduced major crime in New York City, increased adoptions more than 60 percent, decreased abortions by 20 percent and reduced the welfare rolls by over 640,000. He also cut taxes 23 times. Does any other candidate have such a record?

Please don’t tell me Mr. Giuliani is a one-issue candidate.

LT. COL. STAN GUSTAFSON

Marine Corps. (Retired)

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