Purchasing Considerations when buying grass-fed beef
If you live in the US, it’s important to realize that pesticides, genetically engineered ingredients, herbicides like glyphosate, hormones, and countless other drugs are allowed in your food. Most people make the mistake of thinking that “beef is beef,” not understanding the vast differences between factory farmed meats, and meats from organically-raised pastured animals.To insure that grass-fed beef is produced without pesticides and herbicides, it should be sourced from an organic farm.
Pesticides are chemicals used to eliminate or control a variety of agricultural pests that can damage crops and livestock and reduce farm productivity. The most commonly applied pesticides are insecticides (to kill insects), herbicides (to kill weeds), rodenticides (to kill rodents), and fungicides (to control fungi, mold, and mildew). Of these pesticide classes, herbicides (weed killers) are the most widely used. Today, over 1 billion tons of pesticides are used in the US every year.
Just because beef is grass-fed does not mean it there are no herbicides or pesticides used in its production. With the approval of Roundup Ready alfalfa in late 2011, one of the main forage species for grassfed production is now GMO. Grass fed beef producers can spray their new alfalfa stands with Roundup and eliminate weed competition thereby increasing longevity and productivity in their fields. Another source of glyphosate in grass fed beef is that beef labeled as grassfed may have grazed on GMO corn stubble and beans in Roundup treated fields.1
Pesticide Use on Factory Livestock Farms
There are numerous chemical pesticides used to control insects and other pests in livestock facilities. Industrial farms apply these chemicals directly to the skin, fur and feathers of livestock such as cattle, pigs and poultry in order to kill off flies, mites, spiders, cockroaches, ticks and other pests.
Even though these problems can be reduced without the use of toxic chemicals, industrial agriculture relies on pesticides to counteract the filthy conditions inside livestock facilities. Improved cleanliness inside farm facilities, fly traps and the use of higher quality feed could all help to minimize these problems without posing any risks to human, animal or environmental health.
Non-organic meats have far higher
concentrations of pesticides than any non-organically raised fruits and vegetables.2
Pesticides and Animal Feed
Pesticides and Public Health
Pesticides are a public health concern
and have been linked to a range of diseases and disorders. Many
chemical pesticides are known to cause poisoning, infertility and
birth defects, as well as damage the nervous system and potentially
cause cancer. Although it is widely understood that exposure to
pesticides is dangerous to humans, research has shown that many
people in the US carry high levels of pesticides in their
bodies. According to data collected by the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, the average American child between the ages
of six and eleven carries four times the acceptable level of
pesticides called organophosphates (which are known to cause nerve
damage). Scientists studying the effects of chemical pesticides have
found that exposure to small doses of these toxins during the fetal
stage and childhood can cause long-term damage.
Herbicides are chemicals used to destroy or inhibit plant growth, especially of weeds or other undesirable vegetation. Herbicides can kill and contaminate the food and shelter for many wild animals. Additionally, it has been found to cause reproductive harm in frogs and cause genetic harm in fish.3 Many cows graze on pastures that have been sprayed with not only pesticides, but also herbicides.
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June 11, 2018
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