Lance Tells Oprah How Cow Jumped Over The Moon

Art by William Wallace Denslow

Art by William Wallace Denslow

Hey diddle diddle,
The Cat and the fiddle,
The Cow jumped over the moon,
The little Dog laughed to see such sport,
And the Dish ran away with the Spoon.

So how does a “cow jump over the moon”? Well, it turns out that cow was using steroids. And it is perfectly legal.

“Since the 1950s, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a number of steroid hormone drugs for use in beef cattle and sheep, including natural estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and their synthetic versions.” Federal regulations do not allow steroids when raising pork, poultry, and goats for food. Producers of organic meat may not use steroids.

When you are sick and tired of hearing about the Lance interview, check out these fact sheets from the USDA.