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Oct 21, 2010 03:19 PM

There is no such thing as Organic beef?

My co-worker claims that there is no such things as organic beef because they are all treated with 7 way. This is some kind of anti disease treatment that is often poured and sometimes injected into/onto the cow. First off is this true and secondly would that make the cow not organic? I realize that definition of organic is a moveable point. Use whatever criteria you like for this question.


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  1. Until they define *exactly* what the definition of "organic" is, instead of making it a moving target, I'm not sure your question will ever be completely answered.

    However...I'm pretty sure that the jello-solid definition of organic would preclude the use of a cocktail of medications such as you describe.

    This tells you quite a bit, even if it is a marketing piece:

    Cows get sick, and have parasites (fleas, ticks, etc) -- so I'm sure that even the purest organic farmer has to use *something* once in a while...I just don't think it's as dire as your colleague would suggest.

    1. the "organic" designation applies to cattle that have never been treated with hormones or antibiotics. "7-way" (and 4-way, and 8-way, etc) is a designation for a vaccine, so it doesn't affect organic status.