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  •  Technically, corn is a grass ... (0+ / 0-)

    It's part of the family Poaceae, just like all other "true grasses", and it is genetically similar to all of these family members.

    •  If you say so. (0+ / 0-)

      A corn-based diet can create an acidic environment that is known to contribute to health problems, including diarrhea, liver disease, ulcers and a weak immune system. To address these issues, cows are continually fed antibiotics (increasingly making headlines and the subject of Robby Kenner’s latest project Meat Without Drugs).  Cows hopped up on drugs can lead to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that appear to be making modern medicine ineffective. The FDA approved the use of antibiotics in livestock in the 1950s after studies showed that animals that got the drugs in their feed put on more weight in less time than animals on a
      traditional diet.

      Also, cows are ruminants--multiple stomachs are built to eat grass and process the nutrition offered in that grass.

      Bottom line:  the chemicals fed to the cows to keep them healthy-ish are passed on to humans who eat their meat.

      •  No, they are not passed on to humans (0+ / 0-)

        They have done studies in numerous countries to test that hypothesis and all of those studies found no or very slightly (to the point of statistical insignificance) higher levels of chemicals in grass-fed cow meat as corn-fed/antibiotic-used cow meat.

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