(Health Secrets Newsletter) Big agriculture businesses joined with the rest of the food industry last year to lobby for legislation in some states to prohibit undercover photos and videos from being taken of factory farm procedures and conditions used in the livestock industry. Their efforts were successful and kept mainstream media outlets from receiving and displaying any photos or videos that would alert the public to the threat posed by those conditions.
Fortunately, outcry from many different sources, including some mainstream media, First Amendment and food consumer activists, thoseAnimal Facility Interference or “Ag Gag” laws were quickly repealed. Yet they are creeping back, according to a report on AlterNet. Here are nine dirty secrets they were trying to hide:
(1) Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH): It’s injected into cows to force more milk production. Monsanto created it by combining cow DNA and E. coli (really). Now Eli Lily owns it.rBGH infects cows’ udders, causing gross malformations and demands a plethora of antibiotic injections which furthers the creation of antibiotic resistant superbugs. It also leaves small amounts of pus and antibiotics in milk.For years, farmers who labeled their milk “no rBGH” were harassed with legal actions byMonsanto. That level of free speech has been halted, yet rBGH treated milk is still not labeled.
(2) Toxic drugs in meat:
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has determined that meat inspectors lack the wherewithal to find certain toxic drug residues in meats from factory farming. Dangerous parasites and bacteria can be killed by cooking, but drugs and heavy metals remain in meat even after it is cooked.
(3) Gourmet meats: Calves are placed into tiny crates to prevent any movement then slaughtered before full maturity. Their muscles aren’t developed, so their tender meat is served as veal.
Despite images of geese and ducks with bleeding throats struggling to breathe and barely able to walk, force feeding fowl to create the bloated liver “delicacy” known as foie gras continues in the USA.
(4) Salmonella: The perpetrator of the most recent huge egg salmonella outbreak, Jack DeCoster, only had to recall a half-billion eggs after causing 1600 illnesses.
He wasn’t shut down or arrested or fined despite the atrocious disease potential conditions of hen houses that are common among egg producers, including Tyson Foods. Instead of creating better conditions, they just inject the hens with more antibiotics.
(5) Antibiotics: 70 percent of all existing antibiotics are injected into livestock. Eating meat treated with antibiotics brings those antibiotics into human bodies. Add to this factor is the overuse of antibiotics in humans, and the result is inevitably more antibiotic resistance and superbugs such as MRSA.
(6) Extreme growth promoters: The EU doesn’t allow antibiotics or extreme growth promoters to be used on livestock. The USDA is all for it. Even arsenic is allowed to make chickens grow bigger, faster. Enjoy your chicken wings.
(7) HACCP: Stands for Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points. The name may sound good, but the actuality is that meat inspectors have their hands tied, and issues of cleanliness and safety are left up to individual meat companies under what is supposed to be a food production, storage and distribution monitoring system for identification and control of associated health hazards.
Inspectors come around to check on whether the companies are doing the quality control methods they themselves proposed, yet they wind up having to look the other way as contaminated meat is pushed out for sale.
(8) Mad Cow: It came, it went, and it’s back again according to a report posted onAlterNet. The EU banned beef imports from the U.S. when the first mad cow episode occurred.
Mad cow disease results from mixing cow parts in with cattle feed, causing the neurodegenerative disease bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) that can also contaminate humans.
(9) Cloned livestock: The FDA and USDA claim there is no difference between cloned and natural livestock, so it needn’t be labeled. This reasoning mimics GMO and rBGH non labeling issues. It appears thatMonsanto really does control the FDA and USDA.
Meat produced in such fashion as this is found throughout the food system, from McDonalds and Burger King to what is sold in your local grocery store and served in restaurants in your neighborhood — even restaurants that serve the best cuts with the stratospheric prices. The only way to avoid such meat is to buy organic, or from a farmer you know and can trust.For more information:http://www.alternet.org