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Old 11-17-2006, 05:59 AM   #1
David Stegman
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Ok, I'm about half way through reading "Fast Food Nation" and although I was aware of most of what is talked about in the book I really never thought about the hamburger/beef production in America and what is normally served in fast food restaurants.

Personally I never eat fast food but my wife and my boy does on occasion. I have decided to make sure they never eat it a again or any hamburgers for that matter.

My question is: Can we eat grass fed beef hamburgers? If so where can you get that type of beef? Our local grocery store carries a brand called "Natural" and on the label it says no hormones/antibiotics, grain fed, and the animals can be traced from birth. Would that be acceptable?
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Old 11-17-2006, 06:40 AM   #2
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Natural is not Grass fed. Grain fed is not grass fed. Becareful of labels as there is NO regulation on what you can slap "natural" can have Natural Cheerios if you want. Even organic is confusing, that's why unless it's "certified" organic then dont waste your money on it. I've seen labels saying that they don't add "additional" does that mean there are an normally accepted level of hormones you can add before being additional?

People will be jumping on the natural and organic bandwagon anyway they can because the market share is rising and buyer beware.
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Old 11-17-2006, 06:57 AM   #3
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Mike...that is exactly what I thought. The labels says "natural" but what the heck does that really mean? There is no way to know...there is no contact information on the label itself so there is noway to find out any addtional information.

So should we just stop eating any red meat/hamburger all together?

What do some of you recommend?
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Old 11-17-2006, 07:28 AM   #4
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not exactly helpul- but funny.

was at the local butcher and asking if they had grass fed beef.
with a confused look, his answer was, "well, i assume the cows are let outside each day."

so good luck finding grass fed beef. i've had none.

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Old 11-17-2006, 07:51 AM   #5
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Well, after eating my current diet which is a zonish/paleoish typ diet for 1 full year I feel I'm ready to take it a bit further.

I find myself very concerned about added chemicals, toxins, and other misc. thing in the protein that I consume. Mainly beef and chicken.

Without going vegetarian what can I do to make sure I'm buying the right stuff? Online ordering for grass fed beef I can handle.....but what about chicken? The regular "Pilgrims Pride" at the grocery store probably isn't the best choice is it?
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Old 11-17-2006, 08:11 AM   #6
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Find a local farm you can buy from. Go there and see how the cows are fed, etc...

(family/work safe)
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Old 11-17-2006, 08:39 AM   #7
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Trader Joes in my area has grass fed beef and free range chicken.

Fast Food Nation is a terrific book and well worth reading. Some very insightful info not only on meat production, but also on mass production of produce.
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Old 11-17-2006, 08:46 AM   #8
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See if there are any co-op grocery stores in your area - sometimes those can be good sources of organic foods. Farmer's markets sometimes, too.
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Old 11-17-2006, 09:30 AM   #9
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Fast food nation has a movie coming out as well.

link is family/work safe, info about movie.
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Old 11-17-2006, 09:47 AM   #10
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I eat tons of grassfed ground beef from the site linked below.
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