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Has anyone seen Frankensteer?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 22, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Frankensteer (2005) is a documentary about the Canadian beef industry that I discovered last night on Netflix. It's truly disturbing. It discusses the use of hormones and antibiotics in cattle, and even gets into some of the government debates about the safety of these meat products. (Most notably, it discusses how American/Canadian beef products are banned in Europe... hello red flag!)

Of course, every documentary has an angle and we must always be a little skeptical. I can't find any reviews of this movie anywhere--it seems to have flown in under the radar. Has anyone read any reviews or other information about this film?

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at 10:37 PM

Sounds interesting I will have to look it up

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on June 22, 2012
at 02:52 PM

I'd definitely recommend FRESH.

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on June 22, 2012
at 02:41 PM

It is sitting on my NetFlix instant queue waiting for me to watch it. I have been avoiding it since I figured that the cruelty would be too much for me.

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on June 22, 2012
at 02:10 PM

I haven't seen this particular movie, but the practices are standard in CAFO in the US and you can see more of them in the movie FRESH.

Or sign up for "animal husbandry" classes at any ag school. (I got my degree in agronomy from one.)

I was a vegetarian for years because of these practices. Fortunately, I got smarter, went Primal & only eat animal foods from humane, sustainable, local farms.

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on June 22, 2012
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I'd definitely recommend FRESH.

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on October 29, 2012
at 10:55 AM

I watched it a while back. And the focus is only growth hormones, interesting that they demonized them so much. I know there was a talk at AHS'12 that put residual hormones in meat into perspective with endogenous hormone production, that makes me question the data presented in the documentary a bit. Obviously not optimal, but as damning as made out to be? Maybe not.

Of course, the conditions used to raise the beef are awful, the antibiotic use is inexcusable, but that really wasn't the focus if I remember the movie correctly.

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on October 29, 2012
at 04:05 AM

Yes, and I think the practices of the food industry are irresponsible for the long term as far as the human health cares are concerned and should have to pay for their deceptions. I am tired of what we are expected to accept due to the profits these companies expectations for their little efforts. They should be keeping us safe rather than thinking about short-term profits…that will only be the undoing of their false impression of them selves. We, my husband & I, have stopped eating meat because we had noticed a difference in the taste of the meat products we were purchasing before I had even seen all these documentaries.

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