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The Meat You Should Never Eat

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The Dangers of Mass Food Production

Many people are still in the dark about the vast differences between Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) and organically-raised, grass-fed beef, both in terms of contamination and nutrient content.

It’s important to understand that when you raise animals in a CAFO — away from their natural environments and diets – you dramatically increase the risk of pathogenic contamination that can make you ill. Just take a look at the 2011 USDA list of recalls for various meat products. We’re not even half-way through the year and the list is already a long one.

Most CAFO cows are fed grains (oftentimes genetically modified grains, which make matters even worse), when their natural diet is plain grass. Grain diets create a much higher level of acidity in the animal’s stomach, which E. coli bacteria need to survive.

Meanwhile, E. coli contamination is actually quite rare in organic beef for this reason—the cows just aren’t susceptible to those kinds of disease-causing bacteria and viruses when they eat what they were designed to eat.

You’d think that since the meat is being raised in ways that are known to encourage disease-causing organisms, there’d be stringent requirements on testing. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. For example, there is no federal requirement for meat grinders to test their ingredients for E. coli prior to selling them. And most retailers do not test either. In August 2008, the USDA issued a guideline urging meat processors to test their ingredients before grinding. But the guideline is only optional and has been met with criticism and resistance from the meat industry.

Other Health-Harming Side Effects of Mass Food Production

Modern mass production of food has created a wide array of safety problems. And the methods employed to make food “safer” typically deepens rather than solves them. In fact, once you delve into the world of the food industry, it becomes clear that eating much of it is like playing a game of Russian roulette with your health.

While I’m not going to address them all here, one problem in particular, which relates to the issue of meat, is the issue of contamination with hormones, antibiotics, and pesticides. As much as 70 percent of all antibiotics used in the U.S. are for animals, primarily to serve as growth enhancers. The excessive use of antibiotics in agriculture is the primary reason for the rampant increase in antibiotic-resistant disease in humans.

As for pesticides, most people do not realize that conventionally-raised meat is actually one of the primary sources of pesticide exposure—not fruits and vegetables!

How’s that?

Again, it goes back to the fact that CAFO animals are raised on a diet consisting primarily of grains, which are of course sprayed with pesticides.

Genetically modified (GM) grains are another growing problem. Not only are they sprayed with MORE pesticides than conventional crops, but we also do not know exactly what the health effects on humans might be when you eat meat raised on GM grains.

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Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90’s he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, Mercola.com to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.

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3:22PM PDT on Apr 15, 2014

Don't eat any meat, the less ppl. eating meat the less animals being harmed..

6:01PM PDT on Apr 14, 2014

I think from now on I will shop in my local market because they buy direct from local farms so no additives and it can be traced back to the herd.

10:14AM PDT on Apr 13, 2014

agreed.

11:16PM PDT on Apr 12, 2014

This is really good to know. Many thanks! WIll be alert to the dangers
now and continue to shop at the local farm butchery as I used to do! :-)

7:23PM PDT on Apr 8, 2014

gross

1:35AM PDT on Apr 8, 2014

thank you

7:55PM PDT on Apr 3, 2014

It is difficult to say, Diane L. Perhaps the protein offering regarding the article about eating insects and other bugs for protein will be seen by some as a food alternative if some are not eating organically raised meat.

A friend dropped over for coffee, she brought over an unsweet Marie bar chock-filled with nuts. She hasn't seen a Marie nut chocolate bar for quite some time, it was a blast out of the past. She moved from one place to another several months ago and has taken up eating a bit of junk food lately.

Yes, it is an older article, I don't worry about 'meat glue' since I buy organically raised meat and don't have to worry about that sort of thing at all.

5:46PM PDT on Apr 2, 2014

Good grief!

9:25PM PDT on Apr 1, 2014

Ummm, another SLOW week in C2.........this is a 3-yr-old article! Can we ever let these things DIE OUT a natural death without dragging them up again to get the two sides all riled up once more?

5:58PM PDT on Apr 1, 2014

Interesting article but I don't eat 'meat glue' since it is nothing that interests me. There is no real point in eating meat or any other food 'piece meal.'

If one eats meat, finding sources of pasture raised beef is a safe alternative as one knows what one is getting as opposed what is sold as factory farmed meat and its preparation in many forms.

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