Today is World Food Day so in the spirit of celebrating and/or critiquing food security, I am posting an essay from my book Sugarcoated, which demonstrates one of the various reasons I am eating less meat.
Meat Squashed Casserole
- 2 lbs of U.S. beef with growth hormones and antibiotics
- 1 oz of insulin growth factor (IGF-1)
- 8 cups of milk
- a dash of FDA-approved recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH)
- 1 tbsp of penicillin
- black pepper
- ¼ cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese with growth hormones and antibiotics
Preheat an oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a one and a half quart casserole dish with a light layer of butter. Make sure the meat and dairy products contain growth hormones, which also increase milk production by eight to 17 percent (Biotechnology Information Series, 1993).
Don’t worry about not finding hormone-injected beef at your local market or grocery store. Two-thirds of cattle slaughtered in the U.S. are injected with growth hormones (Raloff, 2002).
One of the most popular genetically engineered growth hormones on the market today is rBGH. You may want to add this for extra flavor. FDA approved the use of rBGH in 1993, but in recent years, it’s been banned in Australia, Canada, Europe and Japan.
In fact, the European Union refuses to import all U.S. beef. Luckily, you live in the U.S.
The hormone, rBGH, also increases the use of another hormone, IGF-1, which subsequently raises the rates of colon, breast, and prostate cancer in humans (Health Care Without Harm).
Your casserole wouldn’t be the same without this additional risk, and of course, your dinner guests will never know the difference.
Lastly, add a pinch of penicillin. When your guests become sick and need antibiotics, they’re more likely to be immune to them.
But rest assured even if you can’t get your hands on penicillin, it’s already in the beef. Because of the injected growth hormones, cows develop mastitis, a painful bacterial infection of the udder, which causes inflammation and swelling (Sustainable Table).
Antibiotics such as penicillin are used to treat this infection, which also increases antibiotic resistance in humans (FDA, 2009).
Now mix well and ensure the ingredients are evenly distributed. Season with pepper to taste.
Transfer the meat mixture to the casserole dish. Top it with parmesan cheese and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until bubbly, and enjoy!
I suggest for your own sake, make an organic salad.