You consider yourself a healthy eater? You eat your share of meat and vegetables, but are you eating real food? The beef that most people buy at the supermarket is really a factory farmed, industrial food like substance. Yes, you are consuming cattle; however these cattle are nothing like the ones we used to eat. In our not so distant past young cows were born in the spring and in their first few months were given natural, unadulterated milk right from their mothers teats. The young calf first eight bites of fresh grass and once weaned from their mothers were turned out onto pastures where they could consume grass and grow naturally. The calves grew to maturity and were ready for market once they reached 2 to 3 years of age. After the animal was slaughtered, it was properly prepared, kept cool and the meat was allowed to age. The meat was shipped in large cuts to your local butcher and you were able to choose to individual cuts. This meat contained no antibiotics, exogenous hormones, feed additives,, flavor enhancers, carbon dioxide, or injected saltwater solutions. Mad cow disease and resistant bacteria were not an issue.
In today’s industrialized farming cattle are slaughtered in just 1 to 2 years. The meat contains much less in the way of nutrients but more in the stress hormones, bacterial contaminants and other chemical pollutants. The beef contains hormones,, antibiotics,, and other chemicals not produced by the cow. The meat has to be enhanced and colored to look appetizing. The protein structure and fat content tend to be altered and unhealthy, as was the animal while alive. You will soon be buying even cloned cattle, which are different from those naturally bred, as well as “scientifically produced in vitro meat”. Scientists have actually been able to create a hamburger like protein from a few cells in a test tube. These animals are designed to eat grass. Instead many cows in our modern day never even see grass growing and are fed GMO produced, subsidized grain products to fatten them. They are injected with hormones and given hormone implants to promote faster growth, but there is much controversy as to whether these animals are healthy themselves. Should we consume unhealthy animals? I think I’ll continue to seek out grass fed, normally raised, healthy animals.