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What chemicals and hormones are in meats?

by cattlefarmer on October 17, 2009

tg440766 asked:

I hear a lot of people saying that one of the reasons they avoid eating meat is because of all the chemicals and hormones that are injected into the animals, but what places do this? I grew up on a farm we had around 100 head of cattle, and I have an uncle with around 300. Neither of us give our animals drugs. We might give them antibiotics for a couple of days when they are less than 6 months old and visibly ill. I’ve never seen a cow older than 6 months sick and when they are little they stay with their mother or at least get real cows milk. Why? because mother’s milk works a lot better than drugs to keep the young calf healthy. Drugs are expensive, I wouldn’t think farmers would want the expensive of pumping animals with drugs, so is this really true that it’s done or is it just vegan hype? Or is it just done on a few farms and that is where they are siting the drug use? Don’t site ethic reasons to be vegan, give me examples of actual farms that practice drug use that could harm us.
Again I want to know actual farms that use hormones and drugs and what they are. Or if you are a farmer that does, explain the benifits of doing so.

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jewel.c October 20, 2009 at 11:13 pm

It is not just vegan hype. I am not vegan and I stay away from meat/dairy sources that are not organic. I don’t want gentically engineered meat and milk, pumped up with growth hormone drugs (like rbGH and growth factor I) and antibiotics.

ekaty84 October 21, 2009 at 11:00 pm

Many larger farms use hormones to make production much more possible. I would assume with only 100 head that ranching was more of a hobby or you had other sources of income. Larger farms need to make a profit. They use hormones to regulate reproduction among their herds. There is no proof that these hormones cause any harm to humans. I am not sure on the exact numbers, but I know that a professor in ANIMAL SCIENCE told me that the amount of hormones is thousands, if not millions times smaller than the amount of hormones we actually have in our bodies.

Butterfly 1235 April 7, 2010 at 7:58 am

Your Mother’s milk may be the best but love is even better for the cow you are right people shouldn’t really be spending lot’s of money on drugs for the poor animals they would would be helping them and ….. themselves.

Nicole October 28, 2010 at 8:36 pm

The majority of hormones used in beef cattle production are via implants, which are small pellets “injected” underneath the skin of the ear. They continually release hormones to improve rate of gain and feed effeciency. They are generally used in steers (castrated male cattle). This is a common practice in commercial beef production. However, the hormones and “chemicals” you are referring to are not retained in the meat. All drugs (antibiotics, vaccines and growth promotant hormones) used in the USA are highly regulated by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), which also regulates drugs prescribed to humans. There is a minimum withdrawal time for each drug that is determined by doing studies and testing the meat with sensitive assays after slaughter. The result of this is, there is NO difference between the hormone levels of organic and commercial meats. All animals produce hormones, its a fact of life. However, the amount of hormones in animal products (both organic and commerially produced) is not enough to have ANY effect on someone eating that meat. The same goes for organic, rBST-free, and commercially produced milk. There is absolutely no difference in the type or amount of hormones present in any type of milk. All of them are safe to drink, and healthy. There are also no antibiotics present in the meat or milk of US produced animals. There is no reason to avoid eating meat or animal products produced in the USA. In fact, it has been shown that eating animal proteins (meat, milk and eggs) is important and necessary for healthy brain development in children.

emily February 9, 2011 at 9:31 pm

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Brandon April 2, 2011 at 6:47 pm

I would like to see the evidence that Nicole is referring to regarding animal proteins being necessary for healthy brain development. All the evidence I have read is to the contrary.

chris April 30, 2011 at 5:19 am

I love meat, but after seeing the movie ‘food inc’, it is making me look for organic meat. 100 cows mixed together is going to almost always taste the same but, traditional farm raised cows one at a time with have some slight differences in taste, and they don’t stand ankle deep in $hit their whole life. Which sounds better?

Kat September 4, 2011 at 9:55 am

I suspect that the oragnic vs traditional methods argument is really based more upon the idea that animals that are raised organically are treated better than their contemporaries on traditional farms. What Nicole has said is mostly true and well written. Just thought I would expand upon it a little.

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