The real beef on beef |

The real beef on beef

Ann M. Veneman, secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has betrayed the American public. Not only did a case of mad cow disease slip through the supposed safety net, but now that it’s happened, Ms. Veneman seems more concerned about defending the cattle industry than protecting the public, her real constituency. Busily trying to reassure people that beef is safe, she announced she would serve beef for her holiday dinner.

But beef is not safe. It’s always been jam-packed with fat and cholesterol. It’s always been loaded with enough animal protein to rot the kidneys. And it’s often been contaminated with salmonella and other foodborne pathogens. But rather than own up to these problems, Ms. Veneman continues the longstanding U.S.D.A. tradition of genuflecting to the beef industry.

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Neal D. Barnard, M.D.


Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Washington, D.C.


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