usda beef


SO APPARENTLY it turns out that grading friends’ bodies/muscles based upon the USDA Beef Grading scale is “weird” and “disconcerting” and “not right”

on a more interesting note it’s the friend who scored highest that took the most umbrage. look, eating you first is a COMPLIMENT. you have ideal mass and body fat ratio and probably have some Select Grade marbling given your active-but-well-fed lifestyle!

jeeze. you’d think these people had never been complimented on their meats before.

anonymous asked:

I'm vegan. Ik deforestation in the Amazon rainforest is an issue. But I thought the U.S. Did not import beef from other countries

Not sure where you heard that, but that statement is 100% false (or at least all of my research has proven otherwise).

While the US is a big exporter of beef (and other animal products), it also does a fair share of IMPORTING those products as well. According to the USDA, “ The United States is the world’s largest producer of beef but it also imports more beef than any other country. U.S. producers specialize in raising high-value, grain-fed cattle, while the beef the United States imports from other countries is mainly lower-value, grass-fed, lean product that is processed into ground beef. Overall, imports accounted for nearly 14 percent of U.S. beef supplies in 2015.”

From the USDA, “U.S. beef imports totaled $6.2 billion (1.1 million tons product weight) in 2015 and exports totaled $5.2 billion (716,000 tons)”.

So yeah….the US definitely imports beef as much as it exports it. Higher quality beef is usually produced in the US and exported out, but lower quality beef for ground beef products is almost always imported. It might not necessarily be imported from the countries that are destroying the Amazon Rainforest, but there are other factors to consider. Such as that the rainforest is being cleared partly for animal grazing but also to make space to grow the grains to feed the cattle that will be slaughtered. And the grains/grasses to feed livestock cattle could be (and probably are) shipped into the US to help feed American production of beef products. Just a thought.

But the US still imports some meat from Brazil. According to a site called “The Cattle Site”, Brazil used to only export beef to the US as cooked or canned beef products...but this article written in August 2016 shows that the US was beginning to open markets to Brazil for importing fresh and frozen beef products from Brazil.

Thankfully, THIS table shows that US consumption of beef overall is going down!! 

Please try and think on a global scale when it comes to being an environmentalist and a vegan :) knowledge is power! 

russianspacegeckosexparty  asked:

Your Fave is Problematic, Bucky Barnes: Plays footsie with Sam but not with Steve at the breakfast table. Gets assumed to be Sam's one and ONLY boyfriend by EVERYONE they meet. Won't share the secrets of his thiccness with Steve.

-gives Sam back rubs better than Steve
-when Steve tries to kiss him he does the duck and it lands on his cheek
-uses his USDA 100% prime beef to pick Sam up all the time
-walks around naked at least 3 days a week
-steals Steve’s flannel shirts and has the nerve to look better in them

anonymous asked:

Hello! 60% of global farmland is used to raise beef, however only 5% of the worlds protein intake is beef. It requires 15000 liters of water to produce 2 kilograms of beef for consumption. I'm just a little confused as to why you advocate beef farming. It's totally understandable if you've never heard this info before, it's just that the world is really hurting to feed its population right now, and running out of usable water at an alarming rate. Beef just takes up more resources than its worth.

First and foremost, I support the beef industry because I was lucky enough to be born into an operation that is at the very heart of the industry and where it all begins. I’ve seen the miracle of life and all the way to death where the animal is then processed and further utilized in every products we use.

The land on which my calves are born and cattle graze is not suitable for farmland because I live in a high altitude climate with hard soils and low humidity which is not ideal for growing grain commodities. Therefore, the buffalo grass and prairie hay is converted into a high quality protein source.

The United States is the world leader in beef production because of careful selective breeding that has developed an animal that is continually producing more protein with less and less inputs such as the land you speak of. Majority of the commodity produced in the United States is exported to countries that cannot sustain feeding large ruminants such as China, Argentina, and Uruguay as the top three.

In regards to water usage, both crop farmers and cattle ranchers use diligent water management of the water table and adhere to regulations set by the EPA as well as USDA whether it is irritated or dry land. In agriculture, all of us at some point pray for rain because without precipitation neither corn nor calves would grow. We know the worth of water and sure as hell don’t take it for granted.

I encourage you to research reputable sources such as the USDA, National Cattleman’s Beef Association, Cattle Today and AgDay. Better yet, I highly advocate visiting a farm or ranch in person to see with your own two eyes and decide for yourself with your very own brain rather than be just another sheep willingly jumping off the cliff (no pun intended).

Whether it is a small scale swine farmer, the dairyman with a milking parlor that fits 18 head, or the King Ranch in Texas that developed the original Santa Gertrudis cattle breed, we all strive for the same goal: sustainable agriculture.

I love when I see cat and dog food commercials that are all “Made with the finest whole grains and fresh vegetables” when whole grains and vegetables are things dogs and cats (especially cats) don’t even need or necessarily want to eat.

Imagine seeing an advertisement for rabbit food that proudly stated that it’s made with the finest USDA choice beef or white meat chicken breast. You’d be confused as Hell, right? Maybe even somewhat disgusted that they’re feeding these animals something that they don’t need and that’s actually kind of bad for them.

So why is it still so popular in carnivore food? I feel like it’s because cats and dogs, moreso than any other pet, are seen as “little people,” and the anthropomorphism goes so far that their owners feel better if they FEED them like little people and make sure they get a “well rounded” diet and that they eat their veggies because children should eat their veggies.