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March 14, 2007

Eye on Meat

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

Smart Money lists 10 good reasons to be wary of supermarket meats. Short version: Livestock-raising and meat processing have changed a lot in the last 30 years. Good, if unappetizing, quote:

Americans are consuming more meat than ever. In 2004 we ate over 221 pounds of meat and poultry per person, up from 199 pounds in 1990. In order for the industry to turn a profit on the low prices Americans have come to expect, most livestock are kept and slaughtered on factory farms, where animals eat corn- and soybean-based feed -- 10 to 30% of which is often radically different from what the animal would consume naturally. For example, feathers, poultry manure and bedding are all acceptable in cattle feed, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

I blogged about Eric Schlosser's "Fast Food Nation" here, here, and here.



posted by Michael at March 14, 2007


I'm not disagreeing, but people should know that you don't really have to worry about trichinosis from pork any more. There are only about 12 cases a year in the US, and they're almost all transmitted by meat of wild boars, wild bears, or free range pigs.

This announcement has been a service of the Juicy Pork Chop Association. You don't have to fry them hard any more.

Posted by: John Emerson on March 14, 2007 5:22 PM

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