Friday, March 26, 2010
How Now Brown Cow.
If you are still a heavy meat consumer and need another reason either to lay off a bit or to only buy organic, grass fed beef; here is another point for you:
I was listening to NPR as I was doing the usual taxi driving and they were talking about antibiotic use and hormone use in the cattle industry. They were discussing how in years past, antibiotics were only used for a sick cow. They would single out the sick cow and give him the antibiotics needed and leave the other cows as is. They would also use hormones to help the sick cow. They soon learned that the cows that had the hormones were bigger. They also realized that if they give them all antibiotics, they wouldn't get sick as often. So, thus began the practice of routine antibiotics and hormones.
However, they are now finding out, just like with humans, that the overuse of antibiotics are causing new super strains of illnesses and bacteria to grow in cows. Bacteria that can't be killed by the routine antibiotics and bacteria that you could get. It is a new thing. It is a horrible strain, the MRSA strain (mersa) that no one wants on the table. Now add that to the other issues commercial meat has going, like the fact that you are getting meat with antibiotics, hormones and pesticides. Seriously, who the heck wants any of that! Pesticides in meat are far worse than pesticides on your produce. It collects in the muscle of the animal and that is what you eat. Yuck. Commercial cows are also fed corn for the most part and other atypical cow feed. They should not have corn. They should be grass fed. Corn is a super GMO'd crop, especially corn grown for cows.
I listened to this program and was disgusted. I was outraged that our food in America is so polluted. I then felt a sigh of relief. I had taken away that horrible stuff from my dinner table months ago. When we do eat beef at home, it is organic, grass fed beef and even then, it is sparingly. And, if you think it is just too expensive to buy organic beef; well, if you eat it sparingly - adding in more beans and produce , you can buy the organic beef for your special meals. Beans are cheap. It evens out and the benefits to your body are priceless. Costco has a three pack of organic ground beef and Sprouts runs specials all the time to stock up on. It can be done. You don't have to break the bank.
If you really want to be turned off by meat, go ahead and rent "Food Inc." tonight. It will make you want to be a vegetarian.
Enjoy your weekend. Nice , juicy hamburger anyone?
Posted by Shari Goodman at 2:29 PM