There have been a number of recent questions about hormones in meat and milk. Here are some answers, with some help from the CommonGround program, a great resource for many questions about food.
First, federal regulations allow hormones to be used on cattle and sheep, but not on poultry or hogs, so there are no added hormones in chicken or pork. Sheep producers generally do not use hormones, so hormone use is mostly limited to beef and dairy production. The oft-discussed increased size of chicken breasts is due to a combination of advancements in genetics, feed and improved production practices — not hormones. It should be noted, though, that no meat or dairy products are hormone free, as all animals have naturally occurring hormones in their systems. Growth hormones are sometimes used in meat and dairy production to safely increase milk output per cow and produce leaner meat products more efficiently.… Continue readingRead More »