A little lessen on food here. Growth hormone is NOT used in beef, or pork, or poultry, production in the U.S. Trenbolone is used in beef production, but is NOT used in pork, or poultry, production. Unless beef is specifically sold as organic, it is almost certainly grown with corn, and trenbolone. Trenbolone increases feed efficiency by about 30%, and also makes the beef leaner, and faster to market, providing you with better food, at a 30% reduction in cost. Bovine growth hormone is fed to dairy cattle to greatly enhance milk production. Again, better quality, at a lower cost. Estrogen is used in beef production to increase weight gain, but causes more fat, and bloat.
There are six different kinds of steroid hormones that are currently approved by FDA for use in food production in the US: estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, zeranol, trenbolone acetate, and melengestrol acetate. Estradiol and progesterone are natural female sex hormones; testosterone is the natural male sex hormone; zeranol, trenbolone acetate and melengesterol acetate are synthetic growth promoters (hormone-like chemicals that can make animals grow faster). Currently, federal regulations allow these hormones to be used on growing cattle and sheep, but not on poultry (chickens, turkeys, ducks) or hogs (pigs). The above hormones are not as useful in increasing weight gain of poultry or hogs.
As mentioned earlier, FDA allows the use of the protein hormone rbGH to increase milk production in dairy cattle. This protein hormone is not used on beef cattle.
The hormones lower the carbon footprint of food production, lower feed costs, increase production, lower the time to market, and improve the quality of the food you eat.
Most meat in this country comes from 1 of the 12 national slaughter chains. Small slaughter houses are nearly non-existent. Meat at the butcher comes from those same slaughter houses. It's just not pre-packaged.
In testing of residual growth hormone between milk of cows fed bovine growth hormone and not, there were no differences in the levels at market. You're wasting money when you buy organic, and you increase the carbon footprint of food production.
The difference in taste between Wally World and others is food handling, and food decontamination / sanitation techniques and NOT the actual food growing process. Some beef is irradiated (Omaha Steaks) and other beef has bacteria killing filler put into it. Cobalt 60 radiation makes for very safe food, and long shelf lives. Omaha Steaks has done it for ten years, and has never had a single instance of food poisoning. Cesium-137 is a less common method of food sterilization, but, is used as well.http://www.omahasteaks.com/servlet/OnlineShopping?Dsp=767