A story on National Public Radio’s “All things considered” broadcast on Tuesday addressed the European Union’s ban on beef from hormone-treated cattle. In an interview with a French beef producer, the story focuses on traceability, suggesting that European consumers demand full traceability of beef back to an individual animal at an individual farm. It also states that Europeans believe the use of hormones results in beef that is unhealthy and possibly dangerous. Hear the broadcast, and read a summary article.
Following the media’s typical approach to this issue, the reporter simply buys into the European bias and parrots misconceptions about
One more thing. If you want a glimpse into gullibility of the public on this issue, read the comments following the article. — John Maday, managing editor