This week’s beef headlines are a mixed bag of interesting items including: beef as a health food, veggie burgers, test-tube burgers, an HSUS lawsuit, and rising beef prices. Here’s the scoop on five newsworthy items about beef:
1. “7 Foods That Aren’t As Healthy As You Think” by Nina Teicholz for Mind Body Green
Great news, a juicy ribeye steak trumps a dry chicken breast, for both taste and nutrition.
According to Nina Teicholz, “Chicken is fine, but all the time? Chicken is relatively nutrient-poor compared to red meat, which contains iron, selenium, folate, vitamins B6 and B12. In all, a far more nutrient-dense package than another bland chicken breast. In following the official dietary guidelines, our diets have grown limited. Better options: branch out and have red meat, or even sweetbreads and liver. There’s no evidence that the saturated fat and cholesterol in these foods will give you heart disease.”
2. “Animal Rights Groups That Paid Circus $15.7 Million File Suit Against Insurers Who Cancelled Them In 2010” by Richard Pollock for The Washington Examiner
A group of animal rights activists, including the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), recently lost a lawsuit against Feld Entertainment, owners of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The judgment requires the plaintiffs to pay out $15.7 million to cover Feld Entertainment’s legal costs in the frivolous lawsuit, which the plaintiffs’ insurance company has refused to cover. The prospect of their contributions given to ostensibly help the plight of animals going to pay legal fees has many donors to these groups pretty upset.
According to Richard Pollock, writing in The Washington Examiner, “When the settlement was announced, officials at HSUS and the Fund for Animals, which were responsible for paying the $15.7 million, defiantly claimed their insurance companies, not their donors, would pay the money to Feld. “We expect that a substantial portion, if not all, of the settlement costs to the HSUS and the Fund for Animals will be covered by insurance, and in the end, that no donor dollars from the HSUS will go to Feld,” says HSUS. However, what the animal rights groups failed to disclose to the public was that they'd been told four years before that their insurance companies would not provide coverage.”
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3. “Sadly, That Ad For A Veggie Burger That Contains Real Beef Isn’t Real” by L.V. Anderson for Slate.com
A fake advertisement for a veggie burger with all of the beef taste (and real beef, too) is making the rounds on the internet. The spoof aimed to make fun of the veggie burger trend. I thought it was humorous. How about you?
This week, the above photograph of a newspaper ad for a unique brand of veggie burgers hit the Web and quickly began to spread. “Crompton’s Beef Farm in Dorset, England, has somehow achieved the impossible,” wrote Grub Street Senior Editor Hugh Merwin of the “just-published newspaper ad.” “How are they allowed to advertise this?” asked College Humor. Neatorama’s Alex Santoso also took the ad at face value, reporting, “Crompton’s Beef Farm from Dorset, England, has cracked the marketing challenge of somehow selling meatful meatless veggie burger.”
4. “Laboratory-Grown Beef: Meat Without The Murder, But Would You Eat It?” by Carole Cadwalladr for The Guardian
Remember when the first test-tube burger made the news, receiving mixed reviews for the cost and taste? Creator Mark Post is now speaking out about the challenge of getting consumer approval for this synthetic beef.
Carole Cadwalladr writes in The Guardian, “Growing meat in labs could cut hunger, tackle climate change and end animal slaughter, but creator Professor Mark Post says, ‘The biggest beef will be convincing consumers. If something comes out of the laboratory and you analyze it under the microscope and it's exactly the same, why wouldn't we consider it just as meat?’”
5. "Sizzling Beef Prices Grill Consumers” By Greg Hilburn for theadvertiser.com
Despite record-high beef prices, consumers are still willing to pay to eat beef this summer.
Greg Hilburn reports in theadvertiser.com, “As beef prices rise to record levels, consumers are having to dig deeper into their pockets to satisfy their steak cravings. USDA is projecting retail prices for beef will rise as high as 6.5% this year compared to just 2% last year. And wholesale prices for USDA Choice — the main variety consumed in the U.S. — has increased 11% during the past 12 months through May as cattle prices reached all-time highs.”
What do you think about this week’s headlines? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
The opinions of Amanda Radke are not necessarily those of Beefmagazine.com or the Penton Farm Progress Group.
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