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What is Europes Beef About Our Beef Right now Europe is fighting for the right to refuse to import beef from the US and Canada that has been grown with the aid of artificial hormones The purpose of these hormones is to force the livestock to grow in a rapid unnatural way Beef has been grown this way in North America for some time and is sold with no special labeling Here meats that have been raised with artificial hormones are allowed to be labelled All Natural It is safe to assume that beef you are purchasing in Canada has been raised with the aid of artificial hormones The one exception are meats sold at specialized organic food stores that clearly state that the meat was raised without added hormones The World Trade Organization has consistently ruled that the North American system is correct If Europe refuses to comply it may be forced to endure a number of trade penalties The US Canada and the WTO maintain that testing has shown this beef to be safe But is it Lab testing has its limitations Lab testing is fine when you are testing the outcome of something where the expected effect is immediate But tests to determine what the long term effects of consuming small amounts of something over many years are hardly trustworthy and difficult to obtain There also needs to be assumptions as to what the possible negative effects are For instance tests may be made to show signs of cancer or other health disorders that may commonly occur from consuming toxic substances But let us make up a hypothetical situation Lets say that a real negative unknown effect of consuming beef hormones also known as growth promoters in the beef industry is that people tend to put on more weight over their lifetimes than they would otherwise Could testing show this First you would need to realize that unexpected weight gain
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