I recently ran across this article in the Whole Foods Blog telling of a new generation of growth promotants for beef cattle. Up until that moment, I had never even heard of a growth promotant (and my spell-checker is not liking the word much, either) and within the promotant category is a more specific promotant called a beta agonist.
Blog author and Whole Foods executive Edmund LaMacchia writes: Interestingly, despite a severe shortage of cattle in the marketplace today, the supplies and retail prices of commercially produced beef are abundant and relatively inexpensive – possibly due to the use of beta agonists and more meat produced per animal. From a financial perspective using beta agonists can be a big win for feedlot and beef processing businesses. But is it best for the animals? And what about consumers?
Of course, the perspective comes from Whole Foods and of course they are promoting the fact that their own beef is free of all the bad stuff, but still, it’s yet another chemical input that goes into conventional grocery store meat. Read full Whole Foods post.
Organic grass-fed beef is still the best way to go. Expensive as it is
The thing that is most disturbing here is this: there are SO MANY folks who can’t afford 100% organic grass-fed beef. No one could argue with the fact that CAFOs keep beef prices way, way down. ~JuleeK@Sleuth4Health