Disgusting Food Facts

by Ellen

Sad Cow -- Photo Credit: foxypar4

Warning, these facts are really stomach-turning!

Something to chew on (or not):

  • Your fast food hamburger could contain a mixture of meat from thousands of different cows!
  • The majority of beef in the United States comes from cows that are fed corn, not grass.  By feeding cows a diet that isn’t natural for them, they become diseased much more easily and require increasing amounts of antibiotics.  Harmful, acid-resistant E. coli 0157:H7 bacteria can flourish in cows that eat corn.
  • Hamburger is routinely cleansed with ammonia to kill E. coli.  This method doesn’t always work.
  • The majority of chickens are raised in window-less chicken houses, where crowding is extreme.  Many chicks are de-beaked.
  • Most egg-laying hens in the U.S. are raised in battery cages, with so little room that they can’t even spread their wings.  They also can’t nest, perch or dust bathe.
  • Chickens are engineered to grow more quickly, with much larger breasts than nature intended.  The shift in body composition makes it so they can’t walk more than a few steps without collapsing.

Feedlot -- Photo Credit: Larry Page

Okay, so now that we know these shocking truths, what can we do?

  • Create demand for higher-quality meats by purchasing grass-fed organic beef and pastured chicken whenever possible. Naturally-raised meats can be found at health food stores, farmers’ markets and online –US Wellness Meats is a good source.
  • Knowledge is power.  Ask your supermarket to find more humane and healthful sources of meat.
  • Local Harvest is a great resource for finding a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm near you.
  • Use the Eat Well Guide to find stores, co-ops, farmers and restaurants serving food raised humanely.
  • Looking for restaurants you can trust on the road?  Read Healthy Eats Here!, by Holly Hickman.
  • Learn more: Watch Food, Inc.
  • Become involved.  A good place to start is the National Organic Coalition website.  Also check out The Farm to Consumer Foundation.

This post is part of Real Food Wednesdays hosted by Cheeseslave.com today!

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Sources:

1)  Food, Inc.

2) Humane Society of the United States (here)

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Anita February 17, 2010 at 8:55 am

I’m going to print those facts out for our 2 teenagers!! They’ll be thrilled:)

BodyEarth February 17, 2010 at 8:58 am

I hope the situation is a little better in Australia, Anita!

chanelle February 17, 2010 at 10:58 am

I taught my 6 and 5 year old where fast food meat came from, and they said, “Let’s never eat there, Mom.” Music to my ears :)

BodyEarth February 17, 2010 at 11:07 am

That’s great, Chanelle. Our 7 year-old is torn…

Wendy (The Local Cook) February 17, 2010 at 5:57 pm

You know, after watching movies like Supersize Me and Food, Inc. I don’t have cravings for Big Macs any more :-)

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