Antibiotics & Hormones

What's the truth about antibiotics and hormones and why are they given to cattle? Here are Lynne Curray's thoughts in her book Pure Beef.

"Much of the health concern about beef stems from the feedlot practices developed to maintain cattle in confinement while maximizing their growth. To prevent bloat, acidosis, and liver infections, confined cattle receive daily doses of additives that improve digestion and are injected with slow-release pellets of synthetic estrogen that can add up to forty extra pounds. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and The National Cattlemen's Association contend that the residues in the meat from these animals are not a risk to human health. Still, much of the public's hearts and minds have turned against these practices. Of particular alarm are the public health dangers of antibiotic resistant bacteria in muscle meats carrying super bacteria such as Staph (staphylococcus aureus) and in waterways from toxic runoff linked to feedlot manure lagoons.
If keeping cattle on grass is better for our own health and the public's, it's hard to fathom how much it benefits the animals themselves. My own awareness grows each time I'm in close contact with the ruminants who feed us and the people who raise them on grass."  

Regardless of what the FDA and NCA say, I'm not sure that I want residues of any kind in my meat, especially residues from antibiotics/ hormones. I'd prefer clean meat that has been raised in a natural way. Let's bring pure, old fashioned grass-fed meats back to our kitchen tables. 


Reprinted with permission from Pure Beef © 2012 by Lynne Curry, Running Press, a member of the Perseus Book Group.