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Here is a compilation of the most interesting news items about beef this week. Find out what consumers and the media are saying about your beef product.

Keeping an eye on industry trends allows beef producers to be proactive instead of reactive when it comes to promoting their beef product. Here is a roundup of three items I ran across this week. Take a minute to read through them and let me know what you think.

1. “It’s The Beef” by the Weston A. Price Foundation

You’ll love this article, which explores the myths and truths about beef, from heart disease, to cholesterol, to BSE, to food borne illnesses.

An excerpt reads, “With the exception of butter, no other food has been subjected to such intense demonization in recent years as red meat, particularly beef. The juicy hamburger, that delicious marbled steak and the Sunday roast have been accused of terrible crimes. Beef causes heart disease, say the Diet Dictocrats. Beef causes cancer, particularly colon cancer, beef causes osteoporosis, beef causes autoimmune diseases like asthma, beef harbors E. coli leading to food-borne illness, beef causes Creutzfeldt Jakob disease.”

Read the article here and help spread the positive word about beef by sharing it on your social media sites.  

2. “Organic Junk Food Is Still Junk Food” by Ryan Goodman on AgricultureProud.com

Goodman is always a reliable source for interesting blog fodder, and this blog is no exception. While it doesn’t necessarily pertain to just beef, it does address our society and how we place more emphasis on natural and organic these days.

In his blog, which you can read here, Goodman concludes, “Don’t let labels dictate what you perceive as better food choices. Junk foods in any form are not the best food options when aiming for a healthy diet. Maybe it’s not things like Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) in our plants, or antibiotics, hormones, or feed additives given to our animals that are our biggest concerns. More often than not, maybe we just need to get back to the kitchen, learn how to cook again, and take a little more personal responsibility in our food choices. Labels make us lazy.”

What are your thoughts on hip labeling trends? Shouldn’t we all learn how to cook like Grandma again and forget the cheap, ready-to-eat garbage? (Hint, beef is one of those all-natural products that don’t need a label, so it’s a win-win all around!)  

3. “U.S. Schools Are Getting Healthier, CDC Says” by Brian Krans for healthline.com

This isn’t the first time USDA’s MyPlate and the school lunch program have been discussed on this blog, and I’m certain it won’t be the last. Some parents contend that today's school lunch menus don't fuel their kids. Some kids say the school diet fare leaves them hungry and unable to concentrate in school or get through tough sports practices. Some schools are boycoting the school lunch program altogether. I'm skeptical about some information in this article, but I think it’s worth sharing. Starving does not equal healthier in my mind. We need to fuel our nation’s kids, not deprive them.

Here is a clip from the article: “From soda bans to gym class mandates, American schools are making healthier choices for their students. Fewer U.S. schools offer students junk food or allow soda companies to advertise on campus, while more are improving the nutritional choices of the food they offer, according to an assessment by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).” 

How do your kids like the new school lunch menus? Does it keep them full? Have you started packing your kids' lunches? Share your thoughts in the comments section bellow.

Have you run across any interesting news or views about beef lately? If so, send them my way! Let me know what you think about the above topics. Thanks for your participation!

 

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on Sep 7, 2013

I continue to be disappointed in the way the school lunch program was mandated to all students. I know, I know, it comes in the form of free and reduced price lunch programs, but our small town K-12 school can't turn away the money that comes with that program. We are barely afloat as it is!

My two teenage boys who are tall and athletic are expected to be full on the same number of calories and grams of protein as a freshman girl weighing half their size. The one-size-fits-all approach just doesn't work. yeah, yeah, yeah...they could eat more broccoli to fill up....whatever.

I do supplement their meals with healthy snacks. I send high protein bars, jerky and other good snacks for them to eat before sports practice. I was told our school should join the "free and reduced price snack program" but when I discussed this with our head cook, she said that she has no additional time for paperwork! She is already doing paperwork more than cooking for our kids! That is crazy.

Our small town school is blessed to have a cook who cares about the kids and feeding them well. She makes mostly homemade meals and my boys actually look forward to school lunch! But her hands are tied in many respects when it comes to setting menus. Very frustrating. I do understand that most schools are not as lucky as we are. But this program hurts the schools who are doing a good job already, even though it may help many schools that don't have such awesome cooks.

Politics. *deep sigh* There is no good answer here.

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