September 12, 2003: The State of Maine, through Attorney General
Steven Rowe, has officially supported Oakhurst Dairy
in a lawsuit brought by Monsanto Company over the dairy's
marketing of milk produced without artificial growth
hormones (Portland Press Herald, August 28, http://www.pressherald.com).
Rowe filed a motion arguing that the case could damage
or halt Maine's 'Quality Trademark' program, which certifies
Oakhurst and other dairies that do not give artificial
hormones to their cows. As well as bearing the 'Quality
Trademark' seal, milk sold by Oakhurst contains labels
that read "Our Farmers' Pledge: No Artificial Growth
Monsanto makes rBST or Posilac, a genetically engineered
growth hormone that boosts milk output by up to 15 percent
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Aug. 10, http://www.stltoday.com).
Monsanto claims that Oakhurst's pledge slogan strays
from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's guidance
on rBST-labeling, and dupes consumers into thinking
that milk from non-rBST-treated cows is healthier.