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    eve

    Some cancers are stimulated by hormones like estrogens, some aren't.  This is true of breast cancer, for example.  Some breast cancers are stimulated by estrogens, others aren't.  As jforman wrote above, there are many different causes of cancer and what might trigger cancer in one pathway, may not in another.  
    It's probably best to be cautious and not eat too much of anything.  But I wouldn't get too worried if I occasionally (like once a week or so) had factory bred animals for dinner.  

    -3.63, -4.46 "Choose something like a star to stay your mind on- and be staid"

    by goldberry on Sat Feb 03, 2007 at 10:58:01 AM PST

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    •  well I'm pretty much (0+ / 0-)

      a vegetarian anyway, lol
      But I won't buy factory bred animals on ethical grounds because their treatment of animals as I understand it is so inhumane.
      That said, it gives me some comfort when you say that because family members (and pretty much most people in this country) do on occasion eat from that source.

      (I am so appalled at the way factory farms treat animals that it would not be surprising that their methodology (which after all has "yield" not "nutrition" as its goal) is counterproductive to the well being of consumers of their meat.)

      I also suspect, but as a non-scientist obviously don't know, that the pesticide laden food fed to children may also trigger certain cancers or diseases.

      I'd love to see epidemiological studies along these lines as well as epidemiological studies on the tons of toxins spewed into our air by the petrochemical and coal industries.

      But I've taken this down a pathway that is far removed from the intent of the diary's author:))

      •  I confess to enjoying... (0+ / 0-)

        ... veal chops seasoned with porcini mushroom rub and grilled to a tender and delicious medium rare...
        It would be nice to know that the little buggers hadn't been force fed but I rarely think about it when it's in front of me on my plate.  
        Mea culpa.  

        -3.63, -4.46 "Choose something like a star to stay your mind on- and be staid"

        by goldberry on Sat Feb 03, 2007 at 12:08:30 PM PST

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        •  if you live in a part of the country (0+ / 0-)

          where there's a Whole Foods Store or a Wild Oats store (or even a local health food coop), you might want to drop by to check them out. Whole Foods is sells only meat that is free of hormones and antibiotics and is supposedly family farm raised.

          Whole Foods foundr John Mackey has funded (and is chairing I think) a foundation that is developing humane animal husbandry standards for the industry.

          (One thing that astonished me was to learn that factory farmed cattle are fed a tiny dose of arsenic about two weeks before they're slaughtered to increase their weight. I was told that by someone who grew up on a farm and talks to ranchers but I don't have solid evidence.)

          So for a variety of reasons starting with health, you might wish to look into this for yourself when you have a chance.

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