Definition of bovine growth hormone in English:

bovine growth hormone

(also BGH)


  • A natural hormone in cattle that helps regulate growth and milk production and that may be produced artificially and given to dairy cattle to increase the yield of milk.

    • ‘However, its use raises ethical and food safety issues such as the potential health consequences that have been associated with bovine growth hormones.’
    • ‘Although consumers may not be fully educated upon the details of the scientific debate, they are intuitively making purchase decisions that reflect a desire to avoid the artificial bovine growth hormone.’
    • ‘Integral to this 12-point plan is the phase-out of bovine growth hormones and genetically engineered ingredients, and the incorporation of locally grown, organic foods.’
    • ‘To stimulate additional growth and productivity, she receives daily injections of bovine growth hormone.’
    • ‘Oberweis Dairy's more than 40 local family farmers pledge to provide milk that is free of antibiotics and artificial bovine growth hormones.’
    • ‘Dairy products have also been transformed by genetic engineering; 10 percent to 30 percent of our dairy cows are injected with the controversial recombinant bovine growth hormone to boost milk production.’
    • ‘Recombinant bovine growth hormone is a synthetic hormone used to increase milk production in commercially raised cows.’
    • ‘The application to cows of bovine growth hormone produced by genetically engineered bacteria was approved primarily on the basis of tests with rats - not cows, and not people who consume dairy products.’
    • ‘In 1994, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBST or rBGH) for use by dairy farmers to increase milk production in cows.’
    • ‘It still makes a long list of synthetic chemicals and aggressively markets genetically engineered products like bovine growth hormone and genetically modified seeds.’
    • ‘The passage of time, however, has not stopped the debate over rBST, which is also known as recombinant bovine growth hormone and bovine growth hormone.’
    • ‘South Africa, along with the US, is one of the very few countries in the world that allow the use of genetically engineered recombinant bovine growth hormone on its dairy cows.’
    • ‘More recently, the company has been criticised for side-effects that its transgenic crops and bovine growth hormone are believed to have on human health and the environment.’
    • ‘To illustrate how risk assessments should and do guide such choices, he uses a discussion of recombinant bovine growth hormone, rBGH, and the controversy its use stirred up.’
    • ‘Several years ago she and a colleague were taken to task for speaking publicly about departmental pressure to approve a bovine growth hormone that they considered unsafe.’
    • ‘These products also have other contaminants like bovine growth hormone that alters cows' physiology so that they produce up to 8 times the normal amount of milk.’
    • ‘Since the recombinant bovine growth hormone was introduced, a limited percentage of the U.S. milk supply has come from cows injected with this artificial hormone to stimulate increased milk production.’
    • ‘Let's talk frankly about milk - produced by contained animals, using bovine growth hormones, and producing a waste product that may contribute to surface water pollution.’
    • ‘Are saccharin, formaldehyde insulation, pesticides, PCBs and bovine growth hormone perfectly safe?’
    • ‘Also left out were details of exactly how artificial bovine growth hormone works to increase the milk production of dairy cows, potentially imperiling human and animal health.’