Big Beef keeps getting bigger, thanks to growth drugs with unclear safety records
When it comes to cattle, size certainly does matter. But how big is too big? And at what cost?
The beef industry has come to rely on growth-inducing drugs to bulk up cattle before slaughter. But the consequences of using such drugs are a concerning unknown. And in a major move away from one particular growth drug, feedlot operators are refusing to participate in a new, large-scale study of Zilmax, Merck’s branded growth promotant for cattle, NPR reported last month.