Grass Fed Beef:The "Clean" Alternative

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Apr 6, 2009
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American beef consumers are well aware of the dangers of E. Coli bacteria, as outbreaks in recent years have pushed this nasty little bug off the grill and into the national headlines. But what many in this beef-crazy nation might not know is the widely approved "cure" might be every bit as bad the disease!

The "safety net" adopted to combat E. Coli, known as irradiation, has been hailed by the World Health Organization and even the AMA as the ultimate weapon in the fight against food decontamination. Irradiation is a process by which a food product is exposed to high doses of radiation to kill bacteria, parasites and mold. Three types of radiation are permitted: gamma rays, high-energy electrons and X-rays.

As effective as it might be in killing what might be growing on our food, experts say irradiation introduces another potential evil into what we eat: the very radiation that is supposed to protect us. The dosage of radiation deemed safe by the Food and Drug Administration, says one scientist, is 150 million times greater than that of a normal chest X-ray.

Dr. Samuel S. Epstein, professor emeritus of environmental medicine at the University of Illinois-Chicago's School of Public Health, says the government's assertion that irradiated food is safe "does not even pass the laugh test."

In addition to scientific evidence showing that eating irradiated meat poses grave risks of cancer and genetic damage, other studies conducted by Epstein and others opposed to the process show that irradiation damages food by breaking up molecules and creating free radicals, causes a loss of 5-80% of many vitamins, and damages the natural digestive enzymes found in raw foods.
Other points to consider:

* Cattle raised in feedlots are exposed to diseases and high levels of fecal contamination from their confined environment. Irradiating meat to neutralize fecal matter does not eliminate the fecal matter on the beef carcass during careless processing.

* Cattle processed at the rate of 400-plus cows per hour using unskilled labor with nearly a 100% turnover rate contributes to mistakes in processing and increases the risk of cross contamination.

* Irradiation allows corporations to maintain high-speed processing operations, increases beef shelf life, increases distances that beef can be shipped and masks beef deterioration -- advantages which are not focused on your health but on corporate profits.

The alternative? Grass-fed beef.
As an added benefit, grass-fed cows are exposed to fewer pathogens grazing in clean, open areas vs. cramped, contaminated feedlot pens.
After reading this I am under the impression that grass-fed beef has no issues with fecal contamination? You have fewer pathogens in your ponds and other water sources in which the cattle can deficate and then take that material in by drinking that water? Grass-fed cattle are not slaughtered in a fashion similar to "grain-fed cattle"? I had no idea that grass-fed beef was so much better than grain-fed beef. In fact it sounds so good that maybe we aren't even worthy of consuming such a healthy food. Maybe we should all bow to the superior "clean" alternative.
This is the second thread this guy has started on this topic in as many days and then he sits back and watches.

It is not a discussion - it is a lecture from him to all of us unclean and unwashed idiots.

I think ol' ed simms thinks he is a prophet - I figure he is trolling.


Time for the CT people to understand that ol ed simms is more closely related to animal rights extremism then anything to do with US beef production. COME ON FOLKS time to give this guy a ride.
I have a grass fed operation, but honestly ed, you don't need to come on here and lecture fellow cattle producers. We are all on the same level here, show some respect.
I agree. I think grassfed is the best approach, but I try not to be preachy about it. I cooked some grainfed New York Strips last night. I don't believe they were as good for me, but they sure were good. :nod:
Bez+":1jjv2sd6 said:
This is the second thread this guy has started on this topic in as many days and then he sits back and watches.

It is not a discussion - it is a lecture from him to all of us unclean and unwashed idiots.

I think ol' ed simms thinks he is a profit - I figure he is trolling.



Bez+ me thinks ya hit the nail on the head square on here! ;-)

I thought Jim Jones was dead?? Or was it David Koresh??


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