I recently participated in a series of conversations about the use of hormones in beef cattle. Little did I realize that an idea conceived while walking pens one morning would become a hit among my peers.
My display consists of pint sized canning jars and M&M’s. I used facts from a beef myths website to calculate the amount of M&M’s it would take to equal levels of nanograms of estrogen in foods. A nanogram is one billionth of a gram used to measure hormones in the blood. I found that using one M&M per nanogram would require buying large amounts of M&M’s. While I would enjoy eating those M&M’s I decided for travel purposes I would divide the levels by six to show levels of estrogen in food.
Recently I was in a HyVee in Omaha. I had several kids interested in eating my M&M’s but what really amazed me was how quick they caught on to the fact that we have hormones present in many of the foods we eat as well as even larger amounts in our bodies. The parents would confirm that they were concerned about hormone levels in beef. After allowing me to explain how we use hormone implants in cattle as well as the M&M visual they agreed that this was not an issue to prevent them from buying beef.
|I am visiting with a couple of ladies about their concerns and sharing|
with them my example of hormones in foods. When I volunteer for
Commonground I also give out grocery bags, recipe cards and other
information about farmers and food production.