Packaging process of chicken breasts. Photo: MGN Online

[Editor’s note: The following article contains an edited distillation of the hour-long message delivered by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan as Part 37 of his 58-week Lecture Series “The Time and What Must Be Done.”]

‘Hormones in Food: Should you worry?’ 

In an article by Carina Storrs, posted on dated January 31, 2011 entitled “Hormones in Food: Should you worry?” it discussed the negative effects of hormonally-fattened livestock, and even salmon: “A salmon that grows to market size twice as fast as normal. Dairy cows that produce 15 percent more milk.

Beef cows that grow 20 percent faster. What do these hyper-productive animals have in common? Thanks to injections and implants (in the case of cows) or genetic engineering (in the case of salmon), they contain artificially high levels of sex or growth hormones. …” Ms. Storrs continues in the section “Growth hormones”:


“In 1993, the FDA approved recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), a synthetic cow hormone that spurs milk production when injected into dairy cows, and consumer groups have been concerned about it ever since. The manipulation of growth hormone in the AquaBounty salmon has sparked similar concerns.

The actual fear is that manipulating growth hormones in cows—or salmon—may increase another hormone, insulin-like growth factor (IGF), which could mimic the effects of human growth hormone in harmful ways. The article continues:

In fact, research has found that milk from rBGH-treated cows contains up to 10 times more Insulin-like growth factors than other milk. Higher blood levels of the Insulin-like Growth Factor, regardless of what causes them, have been associated with an increased risk of breast, prostate, and other cancers in humans.

In a 2004 study, patients with above-average Insulin like Growth Factor levels had nearly a 50 percent higher risk of prostate cancer and a 65 percent higher risk of hormone-dependent premenopausal breast cancer than people with below-average levels.”

What is producing this? It is because of the food that we are eating. Black people, now, have some of the highest rates of cancer disease; diabetes, lupus. … The insulin-like growth factors are proteins with high sequence similarity to insulin; these “IGFs” are part of a complex system that cells use to communicate with their physiologic environment.

Well, in the section on “Sex hormones and early puberty,” she writes: “Insulin-like growth factors are not the only hormone found in the food supply. Ranches have been fattening up cattle with sex hormones—most notably estrogen—since the 1950s.

Today most beef cows in the U.S.—except those labeled ‘organic’—receive an implant in their ear that delivers a hormone, usually a form of estrogen (estradiol) in some combination with five other hormones. (These hormones are not given to chicken and pigs because they don’t have the same growth promoting effect in these animals, although antibiotics are given to all three species for similar growth promoting reasons.)

One concern is that such hormones may spur earlier puberty in children, who are, on average, entering puberty at a younger age than they did a generation or two ago, for reasons that are unclear.” “Unclear” maybe to the scientists, but not unclear to Allah and His Messiah!

This article goes on to state: “However, even miniscule amounts of estrogen could affect prepubescent girls and boys, says Dr. Walter Willett,”(chairman of the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston). This estrogen put in the food supply is negatively affecting the male reproductive system, killing the sperm in males and limiting the growth in the male sexual organ.

“A 2009 study found that children who consumed the most protein from animal sources entered puberty about seven months earlier than those who consumed the least. …” Brothers and sisters, this is all science! And it is really not only “genetic engineering,” but it is also “social engineering” on top of genetic engineering!

If these added hormones stimulate the sexual hormones in the development of our young boys and girls, then you have food that is stimulating this “sex craze” visualized in the movies, on televisions, in theaters, in music, and in lyrics! So as the desire “to eat” is natural, and as the desire for “sex” is natural;

And as you grow hormonally, then, at a certain point in our development, we are ready to reproduce. But when that development starts at eight and nine and 10 years of age, and you start seeing children with breasts and hips, and getting their menses at eight and nine years of age;

And boys developing sperm earlier, then sexual experimentation and sexual abuse, and putting child pornography and using children across the world for sexual purposes, is now going on at an extremely alarming rate!

Seek refuge from ‘the mischief of created things’

My beloved brothers and sisters, and people of the United States of America and the world, I close with the 113th Chapter of the Holy Qur’an, Al-Falaq (“The Dawn”): “In The Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful.

I seek refuge in the Lord of the dawn, From the mischief of created things, And from the evil of intense darkness, when it comes, And from the evil of those who cast (evil suggestions) in firm resolutions, And from the evil of the envier when he envies.”

The Enemy is taking natural things, created things, and making mischief with it! So by our being affected by this sexual craze, that is how AIDS is spreading so fast. Somebody is introducing AIDS to our girls; and now, we are having sex, and some of us are experiencing sex at five and six years old!

What is this world coming to? The answer lies in the food we eat. In the drinks we drink. And in the thoughts we think. Food influences thought. And Jesus said, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.”

This is why we have to have land. We have to begin farming! We have to take land that is not being used, and seek government permission—or even get together in your communities, and buy the vacant lot. And then learn gardening, and how to garden; and then get good seeds and start planting food, because it is only when you plant, and know what you’re planting, and eat what you plant; then your health will improve, and your doctors’ bills will subside.

And when we get into “How To Eat To Live,” and show you how this is done, we can get away from so much drugs in medical form.

Thank you for reading these words. May Allah grant to each of us The Light of Understanding, as I greet you in peace: As-Salaam Alaikum.