Did you know the European Union does not accept U.S. Beef?

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An estimated two-thirds of all U.S. cattle raised for slaughter are injected with growth hormones.8 Six different hormones are used on beef cattle, three of which occur naturally, and three of which are synthetic.9 Beef hormones have been banned in the European Union since the 1980’s. The European Commission appointed a committee to study their safety for humans. Its 1999 report found that residues in meat from injected animals could affect the hormonal balance of humans, causing reproductive issues and breast, prostate or colon cancer. The European Union has prohibited the import of all beef treated with hormones, which means it does not accept any U.S. beef.10

Want Safe Meat? Look for the USDA Organic seal


For a product to bear this seal it must meat the following standards.

  • Animals must be fed only organically grown feed (without animal byproducts) and cannot be treated with synthetic hormones or antibiotics.
  • Animals must have access to the outdoors, and ruminants (hoofed animals) must have access to pasture. (The enforcement of this standard is actually the subject of much controversy within in the organic movement, especially for dairy cows.)
  • Animals cannot be the cloned.

Avoid buying anything with this seal

radura symbol

Treated With Irradiation.”  In retail stores, food that has been irradiated must be labeled and marked with a radura symbol.

Food & Water Watch's Ten reasons to oppose food irradiation

rBGH Growth Hormone in your meat

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Recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) is a genetically engineered, artificial growth hormone injected into dairy cattle to increase their milk production by anywhere from 8 to 17 percent.11 The FDA approved rBGH in 1993, based solely on an unpublished study submitted by Monsanto.12 Canada, Australia, Japan and the European Union all have prohibited the use of rBGH.

Approximately 22 percent of all dairy cows in the United States. are injected with the hormone, but 54 percent of large herds (500 animals or more), such as those found on factory farms, use rBGH.13 Its use has increased bacterial udder infections in cows by 25 percent, thereby increasing the need for antibiotics to treat the infections.14

In addition, the milk from cows injected with rBGH has higher levels of another hormone called Insulin Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1). Elevated levels of IGF-1 in humans have been linked to colon and breast cancer.15 Researchers believe there may be an association between the increase in twin births over the past 30 years and elevated levels of IGF-1 in humans.16

Refer to the Eat Well Guide below to find a farm, store or restaurant near you that offers sustainably-raised meat and dairy products.

Grass Fed Beef is Best  grass fed beef

Ranch Foods, No Hormones, No Antibiotics

Poultry Safety

If you eat undercooked or mishandled chicken, consumer reports' new tests indicate, you have a good chance of feeling miserable. CR’s analysis of fresh, whole broilers bought nationwide revealed that 83 percent harbored campylobacter or salmonella, the leading bacterial causes of foodborne disease.


Make chicken one of the last items you buy before heading to the checkout line. If you choose organic, no-­antibiotics, or air-chilled chicken, do so for reasons other than avoiding bacteria. Going with organic chicken does not help when it comes to bacteria.


  • In the supermarket, choose well-wrapped chicken, and put it in a plastic bag to keep juices from leaking.

  • Store chicken at 40° F or below. If you won’t use it for a couple of days, freeze it.

  • Thaw frozen chicken in a refrigerator (in its packaging and on a plate), or on a plate in a microwave oven. Cook chicken thawed in a microwave oven right away.

  • Separate raw chicken from other foods. Immediately after preparing it, wash your hands with soap and water, and clean anything you or raw chicken touched.

  • To kill harmful bacteria, cook chicken to at least 165° F.

  • Don’t return cooked meat to the plate that held it raw.

  • Refrigerate or freeze leftovers within two hours of cooking.


The Eat Well Guide is an amazing resource. You must go there. 

Download your local guide for the best local butchers, caterers, co-ops, coffee shops,

organic and other small farms, farmer's markets, online shopping, organizations, restaurants,

stores, and wineries plus a seasonal fruit and veggie guide.


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