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beef.jpg As if we needed another reason to curtail our consumption of red meat, this is it. Sadly, this story, as regular readers of this space might expect, was buried by a mainstream press more concerned with angering their corporate benefactors than with helping you and I make informed decisions. What else is new? Should a friend or loved one be pregnant or considering becoming so, please forward this posting to them so that they may have a the opportunity of making an informed decision.

Thank you to reader, E.M, for forwarding the following posting to my attention.


Scientists have produced evidence to suggest that Europe was right to ban the beef industry from using growth promoters to increase yield.

A US study has linked use of the chemicals to damage to human sperm.

The University of Rochester found men whose mothers ate a lot of beef during pregnancy had lower sperm counts.

The Human Reproduction study found they were three times more likely to have a sperm count so low they could be classified as sub-fertile.

The use of growth promoting chemicals was banned in Europe in 1988.

But although the US banned the use of some growth promoters in 1979, others, such as the sex hormones testosterone and progesterone, are still in use in the beef industry.

The Rochester team examined sperm counts among US men born between 1949 and 1983.

They found those whose mothers ate more than seven beef meals a week had an average sperm concentration of 43.1 million sperm per millilitre of seminal fluid.

In contrast, the sons of mothers who ate less beef had an average of 56.9 million sperm.


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