It is possible that the growth hormones that are injected into
agricultural livestock may be affecting the human population. Medical
texts printed prior to 1920 advise of girls having their first menstrual
periods at ages 17 to 19, when they completed their formal schooling.
Today, girls as young as 10 years of age have been reported as having
experienced their first menstrual period. This younger generation of
girls also become potential customers for such pharmaceutical products
as Yasmin, Ocella and HPV vaccinations.
Government officials who are responsible for agriculture and public
health seem committed to directly and indirectly protecting the
commercial interests of the pharmaceutical industry. The CFIA report
will likely disregard the possible occurrence of “leaky gut syndrome” in
a percentage of grain-fed, antibiotic-dosed cattle, where digestive
bacteria from the intestines, stomachs and colon may enter the animal’s
bloodstream prior to its arrival at the abattoirs. Such a matter would
likely be outside the mandate, responsibility and jurisdiction of the
CFIA, the ministry of agriculture and the department of public health.
During the tenure of former Alberta premier Ralph Klein, foreign markets
banned the importation of Canadian beef during the occurrence of mad cow
disease in Western Canada. Likewise, several foreign customers are now
refusing to import Canadian beef due to the bacteria problem at the XL
Foods plant. Despite government officials protecting the commercial
interests of pharmaceutical companies that manufacture antibiotics,
genetically modified grains and a range of feminine products, there is
still a free market in the beef industry that could assert its power.
The outbreak of mad cow disease a few years ago and the more recent case
of bacteria-contaminated beef at the XL Foods plant suggest that
government officials are losing their grip on the beef industry. The
emergence of antibiotic resistant bacteria may threaten the future
viability of the grain-fed, antibiotic-dosed cattle industry as well as
erode the power of government agriculture officials. The day may come
when foreign food distribution companies assert their market power by
declaring that they will only purchase ground beef from antibiotic-free,
grass-fed cattle that have been slaughtered and processed at an abattoir
that deals exclusively with such cattle.