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Meat Monsanto

I am not Catholic.  I am pissed off.  I am giving up Monsanto for Lent.

This is Day 11.

One of the reassuring things about eating paleo is that you’re automatically exempt from Monsanto’s grip on the masses.

Those cheap, convenient, just-add-water poison packs comprised of GM soy, GM corn sugar, and GM seed oils simply aren’t on your radar.  No more are wannabe health foods like diet sodas, “lite” microwavable meals, or designer produce perfected by pesticides.

Grains are out.  Meat is in.  That organically-raised steak in your freezer should be safe, right?

Not so fast.

I hate to break it to you, but the latest and greatest in cattle feed is… (drumroll!)…aspartame.

Actually, neotame,which is worse.  It’s aspertame on steroids.

Back in 1998, Monsanto applied for FDA approval of a new molecule “based on the aspartame formula.”  What was different?  Only the addition of 3-dimethylbutyl…a chemical the EPA includes on its “most hazardous” list. 

But who cares!  Neotame is up to 13,000 times sweeter than sugar, and industry studies show it is safe for human consumption.  Never mind that independent studies almost univerally demonstrate otherwise.  And never mind that aspartame is produced using GM bacteria.

Traditionally drenched in molasses to overcome its undesirable flavor, cattle feed — already comprised of GM plant matter — may now be sweetened with “Sweetnos.”  Neotame-sweetened feed is 20% cheaper and, like aspertame, it may encourage eating beyond satiety. 

Here’s the worst of it:  Neotame needn’t be included on the ingredient label — even in certified organic feed.

Oh, wait.  It does get worse:  December 2010 saw approval of the use of neotame in USDA-certified organic foods — yes, human foods — and it doesn’t have to be mentioned on the label.

Repeat after me:  Grassfed.  Unprocessed.  Food.


More about neotame and aspartame:

Read all posts in the Monsanto Project Series: 

(Sorry, WordPress isn’t cooperating on the hyperlink front today.)


8 responses

  1. I am so lucky my dad raises up a few grassfed steers every year and sells us one. He even slaughters them himself so I know it’s done humanely too. Do you know if any of this garbage is getting into horse feed? I feed MasterFeed’s ExactorLite which is a high fat, lower carb feed which is easy on the tummy and recommended for horses with ulcers. I imagine it has GM ingredients. I’ll have to look closer at the tags tomorrow.

    March 19, 2011 at 11:46 am

    • Horse feeds are on my list of things to look into, but I doubt any that contain corn or soy are GM-free. Want to know what has me REALLY worried? The new GM alfalfa. I do not want to put that in my endurance horses!

      March 19, 2011 at 11:55 am

  2. Sarah

    Your blog posts regarding Monsanto have been so eye-opening. Thanks for being willing to take a deeper look into so many different areas. It’s disturbing to read how far the tentacles of Monsanto have reached, but it’s important info to know.

    March 19, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    • Thanks, Sarah! It has been a ton of work, but fascinating (in a disturbing sort of way). Thanks for reading!

      March 19, 2011 at 6:58 pm

  3. Michelle

    Wow….just shocking.

    Thank you so much for sharing your research, I am learning so much.

    March 20, 2011 at 8:02 am

    • Thanks, Michelle. I really appreciate your taking the time to read and comment!

      March 20, 2011 at 8:18 am

  4. It seems to me that the small organic farmer would stay away from the aspartame-clone for their cattle…it is the bigger industrial “organic” farms that we need to worry about!

    March 20, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    • I’d like to think so…but as a small farmer myself, I know how hard it is to track down quality feeds. Most vendors carry only the big brands, which generally contain undesirable ingredients. 😦

      March 20, 2011 at 6:31 pm

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