An estimated 32.5 million cattle provide beef to Americans each year. 21.67 million of which have been injected with hormones to make them grow much larger
than average cattle. Although this industry is highly regulated by the USDA and FDA, a reasonable concern for the safety of these meats for human consumption has become a hot topic over the last years.
Much of the beef that fills the markets of America has been injected with unnaturally high levels of artificial hormones including Oestradoil, Progesterone, Testosterone, Zeranol, Trenbolone, and Melengestrol. The impact of ingesting this level of hormones is still largely unknown, but what many scientists do agree on is that these hormones may be responsible for a long list of incredibly dangerous side effects. Hormone residue in beef has been blamed for early on-set of puberty in young girls, which could lead to greater risk of breast and other cancers.
Similarly to the way pesticides are regulated in produce, the FDA regulates hormones in meats by setting levels of “tolerance.” The rapid demand for meats, particularly beef, in America has outpaced scientific research and the ability to gauge possible implications. As a result, scientists are still working to develop more effective ways to measure the steroid hormone levels in the “edible” meats from treated animals.
The meat industry will be ever changing as supply and demand impact the level of regulation from the US government. The fact of the matter is, the results of ingesting treated meats are largely unknown and are certainly a gray area.
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