Monthly Archives: July 2011
I just came across this post on a fellow blogger’s site. She recently took on the challenge of becoming a vegetarian for a month in order to “nourish the planet”. I appreciate the author’s willingness to share multiple viewpoints on her page. She even invited Robyn, a beef producer in South Dakota, to share her story.
WeightWatchers has recently put out a great article named “Growth Hormones in Beef and Milk”. It defines all the buzz words used in the media about milk and beef such as “No added growth hormones”, “natural”, and “organic”. Additionally, it goes into great depth about the most up-to-date studies and statistics that theUS has concerning steroids, hormones, growth additives, and antibiotic resistance through food products.
If you have any interest or concern with the way chemicals, hormones, and steroids are used in your food, this is a very informative and unbiased article. It covers the concerns and arguments of both parties, and backs each up with scientific facts and data. So far, there is no scientific data to prove that organic or ‘natural’ food is any healthier than conventionally raised milk and beef. However, it also does not eliminate the possibility that we won’t find health issues later as more research is done.
Ultimately, making big choices such as these are individual decisions. Farmers are under a lot of pressure to provide more meat/milk on fewer resources. It is important to understand that unless research proves hormones and antibiotics to be dangerous to humans, there is no concrete reason to change our entire agricultural system. That would mean higher prices on all food, and limited availability. Our nation has strived since its beginning to provide a high standard of living for all its residents, and that includes plentiful food. Imagine what a different placeAmericawould be if you could not guarantee chocolate milk to your kids or steak for your cookout. I think right now the compromise is, “Let’s provide more options so everyone can find something they are comfortable with, and continue the majority of our production conventionally as long as science supports that it is safe”. On the flip side, as the article also discusses, many people will argue “Why take a risk? Just because you haven’t proven the Earth is round, doesn’t mean it isn’t”.
While I personally have a scientific mind and support all choices (conventional, organic, grass-finished, whatever floats your boat) & believe that all our present food sources are safe to consume (there are SO many tests done to ensure that we are not poisoning ourselves), I do think it is important to continue research on the effects of using chemicals, hormones, steroids, etc. And of course, I highly recommend reading this article thoroughly before your next grocery visit. Whatever your decision, at least be educated and confident in your choice. 🙂
A different twist to staycations. Haycations or Farmcations: staying at someone else’s home for an interesting way to take time off. Agritourism is really taking off as people are getting more interested in being an active part of their food supply. Sometimes they just want education on where it comes from, but others may want a more hands on approach. An Active, eco-friendly, feel-good vacation option. For those people, here’s a really cool website:
It has information on staying at a farm or ranch in any of all 50 states! The idea is to be a part of a working farm and see how your food is raised (and how much work is involved!) Prices range, as do the work requirements and type of food raised there. Enjoy.