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Some consumers think naturally-raised beef should cost the same as corporate farm beef

Thursday, January 22, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: beef industry, bovine growth hormone, cattle ranchers

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It seems like virtually every food manufacturer wants to jump on the "natural" bandwagon, but as sharp consumers already know, the word "natural" on the label of a food product or meat package doesn't really mean much: tricky food marketers can use the word "natural" even on products containing all sorts of dangerous ingredients like MSG and sodium nitrite. Hopefully, the new labeling rules on beef, due this Spring, will provide a bit of clarity to these claims.

On a slightly different topic, this story includes a quote from a consumer who says he would only buy "natural" beef if it were the same price as beef raised on hormones. I think a lot of consumers share this thoughtless approach to purchasing beef products, which just goes to show you how little people really understand about the economics of food production and marketing.

Beef produced with hormones, antibiotics, crowded feedlots and other questionable strategies will always be cheaper by the pound than beef that comes from free-range, organically raised cows. Why? Because it costs money to treat cows with decency. It takes more time for cows to grow to a ready-for-market body weight when they're not pumped full of steroids. When you buy organic beef, you're not paying for the meat as much as you're paying for the ethical approach to producing that meat. You're paying for good karma, honest ranching practices, and for the respect of an animal that's providing you with food.

In contrast, when you buy meat produced the corporate way, with all the antibiotics and hormones, you're subsidizing what can only be called an industry of evil: a for-profit effort by individuals to exploit living creatures (cows) for their own financial gain, with absolutely no regard for the experience of the animal, the impact on the environment, nor the health of consumers.

In other words, cheap beef may be easy on your pocketbook, but it weighs heavily on your soul.

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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over a dozen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

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