CSPI bashes feedlot beef

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In anticipation of a nationwide Food Day Oct. 24, the Center for Science in the Public Interest has come out with its Terrible 10 and Terrific 10 foods. On the terrible list is feedlot beef. The center's description is: Feedlot beef is unhealthy for humans (saturated fat, raised with antibiotics), harmful to the animals (crowded, filthy feedlots), and environmentally destructive (requires mas­sive amounts of energy and resources for feed, pollution from manure and methane).

In an article in the Chicago Tribune about CSPI’s lists, the author includes a photo of what appears to be feedlot cattle housed undercover, a system that is used in some parts of the country, but is not typical of a feedlot operation, but the image only adds to their rant against beef. And, all throughout the two lists the meat industry continues to get dumped on including having a “powerful lobby” and antibiotics in feed compared to organic or sustainable operations.

CSPI is the group that seemingly wants to dictate how and what everyone eats, and uses the legal system, lawsuits and the media to get what it wants. A Web site called CSPIScam picks apart many of the claims and campaigns CSPI has been involved with.

If CSPI wants to replace coffee with carrot juice and everything else with vegetables, they sure can, but trying to force its choices on everyone else is ridiculous. People don't eat just to sustain themselves, they also eat to enjoy life. Let consumers decide how and what they want to eat without having the Nanny State decide for them.

How will I celebrate Food Day on Ocr. 24? Probably with a delicious ribeye.


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Chris Grotegut    
Texas  |  October, 23, 2011 at 01:49 PM

Feed lots, like peoples houses definitely have differences in design and sanitation. They are an essential technology for modern day beef production. Sustainable, natural, and certainly organic systems benefit like conventional beef to have a well designed set of pens to house the animals during inclement weather, drought, and stage of production. Very few beef cattle spend their entire life in a set of pens. A well designed set of pens with or without a barn, helps protect the animals, the soils of crop and pastures, and makes taking care of them easier on people allowing a better job to be done when situations warrant. Not all fed cattle recieve feed grade or injectable antibiotics. Our culture is just needing to learn more about agriculture. Enjoy that ribeye!