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Grass Feed Beef Essay

1019 words - 5 pages

The Dilemma Surrounding Corn-Fed Vs. Grass-Fed Beef

DeVry University

The Dilemma Surrounding Corn-Fed Vs. Grass-Fed Beef
There are many positive and negative opinions surrounding beef that range from the process of raising cattle to the final stage of consumption. An area of controversy revolves around the pros and cons of corn-fed verses grass-fed cattle. It appears grain-based (corn or soy) diets cause numerous health problems for cattle, creating unhealthy cattle and unhealthy meat. Two areas of concern are the nutrition and health aspects of grain-fed beef and the risk of E. coli. It is believed by many that pasture-based cattle contribute to healthy eating. ...view middle of the document...

“For example, if you were to inject a colony of rats with human cancer cells and then put some of the rats on a corn oil diet, some on a butterfat diet, and some on a beef fat diet, the ones given the omega-6 rich corn oil would be afflicted with larger and more aggressive tumors.” Robinson’s articles highlight where the connection between animal and human nutrition is lost. After all, the saying, “you are what you eat” is relevant to everyone. (Robinson, n.d., Eatwild).
The majority of beef sold in the United States is grain-fed (Croom, 2011). The high demand for beef has encouraged farmers to gravitate towards feedlots and feeding cattle grains. Feeding cattle grains (corn or soy) significantly decreases the time it takes a cow to reach a mature weight of 1,200 pounds. Years ago it took grass-fed cattle 4 to 5 years to reach that weight. Cattle that have a grain-based diet are susceptible to pathogens, the growth of E. coli. Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, states that the lethal strain of E. coli known as 0157:H7 is believed to have evolved in the gut of feedlot cattle. The development of a more acidic environment in cows’ intestinal tracts created an acid-resistant strain of the pathogen, which is able to survive the acidic conditions of the human stomach and prove fatal (Pollan, 2006).
“E. coli O157:H7 can colonize in the intestines of animals, which could contaminate muscle meat at slaughter.” Once bacteria are in meat it can survive and multiply in refrigerator and freezer temperatures (Food Safety and Inspection Service, 2011). "Most bacteria are killed by the acid of stomach juice, but E. coli from grain-fed cattle are resistant to strong acids," explains James B. Russell, a USDA microbiologist and faculty member of the Cornell Section of Microbiology. "When people eat foods contaminated with acid-resistant E. coli -- including pathogenic strains like O157:H7 -- the...

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