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09/03/2010

Lax food safety standards make veganism a safer choice  »

"Food safety" is totally conceptual, right? Like "equal rights for all humans," everyone’s all for it in theory, but in practice it just…isn’t.

The forced labor camps in Iowa where all the Salmonella-eggs came from had “pits beneath laying houses where chicken manure was piled four to eight feet high” and “hens that had escaped from laying cages [were] tracking through the manure.” Not to mention the “meat and bone meal” chicken feed tested positive for Salmonella AND was kept in bins full of holes! Want to feel worse? Read all the stories on Chow’s list of the terrible history of the DeCoster farms.

Or, OK, leave off the half-million recalled eggs; maybe they were some kind of huge outlier. An FDA inspector hadn’t seen the inside of one of those chicken-prisons in at least six years, anyway. How’s the meat industry doing? Very poorly, is the answer! They’ve fought every change to every regulation, claiming that they follow all the rules and new ones are unnecessary. Now a super-rare strain of E. coli has appeared in ground beef from Cargill, but the American Meat Institute says that they’re so busy working on preventative measures, which would be blown all to pieces if the Dept. of Agriculture dared to list this new scary E. coli as an illegal substance in ground beef. Even though it has already make people sick, and forced a recall of 8,500 pounds of Cargill ground beef—no no, it’s not THAT bad! Shut up and listen to the nice executives, FDA.

And if you don’t eat meat: how about some honey from China? It’s full of delicious antibiotics! Not that China has time to worry about one company’s scam; it discovered that 402 tons of imported dairy products—99.8 percent of total dairy imports!—were full of Enterobacter sakazakii, plus “excessive amount of nitrites, zinc and total bacterial count.” Wait, E. sakazakii has “historically high case fatality in infants,” up to 80 percent, and the aforementioned “dairy products” were POWDERED MILK FORMULA? That people FEED THEIR INFANTS? Way to go, every country involved in this disgusting scandal, which include Australia, France, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, the U.S., and of course China: you are all reprehensible. [news links via Tom Scocca]

Of course it’s safer—and more humane, but duh—not to eat animal products, but for how much longer? If we don’t change our methods of food production, the world is fucked. The animal-borne bacteria will get into our produce because giant farms aren’t careful with their runoff, and we’ll all perish of some kind of horrible E. coli/Salmonella hybrid. Good luck out there, everyone.

08/19/2010

380 million egg recall now underway. Great!  »

Yep, 380 MILLION EGGS are being recalled. Jesus fucking christ. The Humane Society warns of a huge public safety risk (UH NO DOY) and calls on the egg industry to phase out battery cages. According to HSUS, scrambling eggs doesn’t kill Salmonella so it’s not even just uncooked eggs you gotta watch out for and that is SO GROSS. Further, eggs from confined hens have 7.77 times greater odds of carrying Salmonella. Again, SO FUCKING GROSS.

You know what has no risk of Salmonella? NOT EATING EGGS. I don’t get it. What is with America’s dependence on eggs? They’re bad for us, the industry is evil to everyone involved (systemic price-gouging, anyone?), and even The Kitchn says vegan cupcakes taste better!

Just quit it! We can help. Anyone willing to give up eggs for a month should holler at me and i’ll make you a dozen vegan cookies. NO I SERIOUSLY WILL. Wait, should we make this a thing? Like get a list of people willing to commit to giving up eggs for a month and getting some cookies in return? Would that work? I’m willing to put my baking clothes (read: eating pants) on to make that happen! 

02/22/2010

Special news, guys! It seems bald eagles in Iowa are getting all kinds of lead poisoning. How? Why, from eating deer that’s been shot and left for dead, of course!
Holy fucking cannoli. This story seems especially fucked up to me, and not just because of the bald eagle symbolism (you know, USA!!! and all). See, the hunters use lead bullets. Swell, right? What happens is, if they go hunting with lead bullets but only manage to wound a deer (no one’s perfect!), the deer can escape and head back into the woods to die a painful death. Awesome! Then the bald eagles eat the dead deer. When they’re shot, the lead bullets shatter or whatever into tiny pieces inside the deer’s body. Apparently, bald eagles are not super-careful about what they eat so they will totally consume pieces of bullet without noticing. S.O.A.R., a bird-protection group in the area said that 27 of the 40 bald eagles treated in rescue centers last year had lead poisoning. And those are just the ones that got treated. There are probs plenty that get no help and go uncounted.
The solution: use copper bullets! Yay! Sounds like a great plan, bros. Heaven forbid people stop hunting. That’s crazy talk!

Special news, guys! It seems bald eagles in Iowa are getting all kinds of lead poisoning. How? Why, from eating deer that’s been shot and left for dead, of course!

Holy fucking cannoli. This story seems especially fucked up to me, and not just because of the bald eagle symbolism (you know, USA!!! and all). See, the hunters use lead bullets. Swell, right? What happens is, if they go hunting with lead bullets but only manage to wound a deer (no one’s perfect!), the deer can escape and head back into the woods to die a painful death. Awesome! Then the bald eagles eat the dead deer. When they’re shot, the lead bullets shatter or whatever into tiny pieces inside the deer’s body. Apparently, bald eagles are not super-careful about what they eat so they will totally consume pieces of bullet without noticing. S.O.A.R., a bird-protection group in the area said that 27 of the 40 bald eagles treated in rescue centers last year had lead poisoning. And those are just the ones that got treated. There are probs plenty that get no help and go uncounted.

The solution: use copper bullets! Yay! Sounds like a great plan, bros. Heaven forbid people stop hunting. That’s crazy talk!

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