Great news for the meatless and animal rights movements! According to this Food Revolution Network article, people in developed countries are eating less meat, and it’s already starting to show. In 2014, 400 million fewer animals were subjected to industrial farming and slaughter.
I like meat, but I’ m trying to do my part for these animals and for the environment. When I was in Wooster for the past two years, I bought very little meat, and what I did buy was from local sources. I also found out last night that I can’t eat a huge steak (conventionally-raised beef) without feeling nauseous, though I’m not sure if that’s due to my feelings about factory farming or to a smaller appetite from dieting.
Whatever the reason, here’s hoping I can keep it up.
(The picture was originally taken from the article).
Nicholas Kristof, a New York Times journalist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, has written a shocking article about how Perdue, a company which puts a “humanely raised” label on its chicken products, really raises its chickens.
Spoiler alert: it’s not humane, and it’s not pretty. See this link for details. It just goes to show that when it comes to buying humanely raised meats, it’s always best to do your research first.
If you still had any doubts that the current FDA cares only about profits and not your health, those doubts will soon be erased. Here are 10 foods that are so potentially dangerous for humans that other countries have banned them…and yet they’re still sold in this country.
1. Farm-raised salmon, which is full of antibiotics, drugs, and chemicals, and may be infected with fish viruses. Banned in Australia, New Zealand, and Russia.
2. Genetically-engineered papaya. Banned in the European Union.
3. Ractopamine-tainted meat. Ractopamine is a drug given to livestock to enhance muscles and reduce fat content in meat. Unfortunately, not only is it linked to loss of reproductive function and increase in disability and death in dairy herds, but it also may cause behavioral changes, chromosome abnormalities, and and hyperactivity in humans. Banned in 160 European countries (including Russia), mainland China, and Taiwan.
4. Brominated vegetable oil, which was originally patented by chemical companies as a flame retardant. Now it’s used in citrus-flavored sodas and sports drinks! It’s also linked to problems in the human body, from rashes and acne to major organ damage, birth defects, and even schizophrenia. Banned in Japan and 18 European countries.
5. Processed foods with artificial food coloring and dyes. These foods include macaroni and cheese, Jell-O, and kids’ cereals. The additives have been linked to behavioral changes, birth defects, cancer, and allergy-like reactions in children. Banned in Norway and Austria.
6. Arsenic-laced chicken. Believe it or not, arsenic, the traditional poison of murder mysteries, is used to make drugs that cause growth in chickens, as well as making the meat appear pink and fresh. I truly wish I was kidding, and I don’t think I need to go into the negative effects here. Banned in the European Union.
7. Bread enriched with potassium bromate, which commercial baking companies claim makes dough more elastic. Unfortunately, it’s also been linked to problems in the kidneys, the nervous system, and the thyroid, as well as cancer. Banned in Canada, China, and the European Union.
8. Olestra/Olean. This is a fat substitute used in fat-free snacks such as potato chips, and it may cause intestinal problems such as diarrhea and cramps. Banned in the U.K. and Canada.
9. BHA and BHT, which are preservatives found in beer, breakfast cereal, butter spread, mixed nuts, dehydrated potatoes, and chewing gum. BHA, known to cause cancer in rats, triggers allergic reactions and hyperactivity in humans. BHT may result in organ system toxicity. Banned in the European Union and Japan.
10. Dairy products full of rBGH. This is a synthetic version of a natural hormone in cattle used to increase milk production. Not only does it cause adverse health conditions in cattle and contaminate milk, but it’s been linked to cancer in humans. Banned in Australia, New Zealand, Israel, the European Union, and Canada.
Are you disgusted and outraged? I know I am. See the link below for more details:
…is sweet corn. Yes, that’s right; now you can get all those lovely genetic modifications in your corn on the cob. And you may not even know it.
Sign the petition at the link below to get markets to label GMO sweet corn.