What’s Your Beef?

Take our quiz about healthy, organic beef.

| May/June 2004

  • How well do you know your beef?
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As concerns over mad cow disease grow, more people are turning to certified organic beef. Take our quiz to find out why.

1. How do cows contract mad cow disease (bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE)?

a) through the use of animal byproducts in feed
b) through vaccination
c) through respiratory infections

2. Certified organic meat carries this guarantee:

a) the animal’s diet was all organic and free of slaughterhouse byproducts, urea, and manure
b) antibiotic use was prohibited
c) hormones for growth promotion were not used
d) the animal had access to the outdoors, shade, shelter, exercise areas, fresh air, and direct sunlight suitable to its species
e) all of the above

3. True or false? The feed given to organic livestock and poultry is always vegetarian.



4. Which two labels indicate beef with a lower risk of having come from a cow sick with BSE?

a) “grass fed”
b) “grain fed”
c) “100 percent grass fed”
d) “grain fed only”

5. Which label can be relied on to reduce risk of BSE exposure?

a) “free range”
b) “irradiated”
c) “natural”
d) “no hormones”
e) none of the above



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