Yes, you heard me right….with the right anabolic steroids you can grow a chicken in 40 days. But wait a second….if we consume food that is treated with steroids won’t they affect us as the consumer? According to information obtained from Cornell University, ” there are six different kinds of steroid hormones that are currently approved by FDA for use in food production in the US: estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, zeranol, trenbolone acetate, and melengestrol acetate. Estradiol and progesterone are natural female sex hormones; testosterone is the natural male sex hormone; zeranol, trenbolone acetate and melengesterol acetate are synthetic growth promoters (hormone-like chemicals that can make animals grow faster).”
The European Union no longer allows the use of these steroids due to concerns that they may pose a risk to pregnant women and children and because of the impact on the environment from the transfer of hormones through animal excrement. The EU has also banned imports of meat from Canada and the U.S. because of the continued use in animals to promote growth. (Assessment of Potential Risks)
What about the use of pesticides on the food we consume? There are numerous studies which indicate that pesiticide exposure may contribute to serious health conditions such as breast cancer, non-hodgkins lymphoma, diabetes, and parkinsons disease.
Check out this preview of the movie, “Food, Inc.,” which discusses how big business is putting profit ahead of safety when it involves our food supply. You may never look at your food the same way again.