Tuesday, April 24, 2012

TO MEAT OR NOT TO MEAT - THAT IS THE QUESTION


On a recent post from Blog Fodder, a beef expert from Canada now living in the Ukraine, he discussed the fear, being disseminated by the media, about the safety of the beef meat supply and more especially the addition of ‘pink slime’ into ground beef. 





This post is well worth reading, and presents the argument for safely obtaining the maximum food product from a beef animal.   He also makes the passive argument that such hyped scare tactics financially effects beef suppliers and results in businesses failing and the loss of jobs (at a time when unskilled jobs are critical.)

I do concede the point that the maximum product should be extracted from a commercial beef animal (animal suffering and killing aside – we are by nature omnivores and the demand for meat will continue.)  

I also concede that with the world population doubling every forty years food production on a commercial scale will soon become the only way to supply the food needs of the countless billions.  

I do believe, however, that our food (and water – a need for another post) have had unintended effects on the human body.  

When I was young, a boy six foot tall was considered unusually tall.  Today, when I attend the gym at the local university I notice a large percentage of the young men are six-four or larger.  The bulk of many school age children seems massive compared the children of my day; and, I have heard statements that young girls are reaching puberty at a much younger age.    All of this, I believe, is the consequence of growth hormones that are regularly added to the commercial animals that compose our meat supply.  

Doctors are concerned about humans building up immunity to antibiotics; and yet eighty percent of our antibiotics are supplied to our meat industry and administered to the animals we eat. 

The reality is that people will have to come to terms with the manipulation of food animals in order to produce the maximum weight in the shortest time; the processing of animals to obtain the maximum yield of edible product from each animal; and, we will have to accept the problems and solutions inherent with large numbers of animals being raised in confined or limited spaces.  

Because small family farms can not compete with industrial farming, we may be the last generation to appreciate clean, organic, locally raised products available at an affordable price. 

Commercial food production is conducted for a maximum profit margin – but it must have independent oversight in order to insure a safe product.  This is a scary thought when today the Republican Party is hell-bent to defund the Food and Drug Administration that is charged with the oversight of our food production. 

the Ol’Buzzard

3 comments:

  1. Ol'Buzzard,
    This post came just as news came out about a cow in the US having mad cows disease. I am fond of fried brain sandwiches - a delicacy in Evansville, In - well, yrars ago the Hilltop Inn had to switch from beef brains to cow brains over the mad cow disease thing. Pork brains aren't the same texture - Not that a pork brain sandwich isn't still good.
    But, you are right about the Republicans - they are a bunch of "no rules" fuckers unless those rules benefit them (voter ID laws, anti-union laws, no oversight on Wall Street or banks, etc).They couldn't care less if a whole school full of children died from food poisoning...


    Ron

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  2. Good post!! Besides knowing that their food is safe to eat, people need to know what is in their food, like pink slime or genetically modified whatever so they can make the best choice for themselves.

    The FuckingRepublicans don't give a shit if people die as long as there is a buck or two to made from selling some shit to the public. Back when Phen-Fen was linked to deaths, Rushbo was telling his stupid "Dittoheads" that people should still be able to buy the drugs if they wanted to lose weight!! UnReal!!

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  3. fuck..just give me a coconut and a hammer.

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