Written by Kenda Roberstson and Steve Moreau
Looks like the nation has just identified the 8th beef recall of 2009. The recall involved E. coli O157:H7 and is just the latest in a string of incidents. E. coli O157:H7 was first recognized as a cause of illness in 1982 and today accounts for the majority of food borne illnesses.
Studies have shown that grass-fed cattle are less prone to developing this deadly strain of E. coli. here is the link for more info: http://www.eatwild.com/foodsafety.html. All the more reason to buy direct from local farmers who grow grass fed beef, raw milk and free range eggs. It should come as no surprise that cattle on the typical grain feedlot are the major source of this problem. A predominant grain diet has negative effects on the cattle’s digestive tract and makes them prone to developing this strain of E.coli.
Instead of the draconian National Animal Identification System(http://farmtoconsumer.org/nais.html) how about animal feed reform and changing the feedlot system. Better yet find a local farmer who does grass-fed beef and ask to visit the farm and ask about their feeding program, and do they use hormone implants? Remember grass is the natural diet for cattle.