March 19, 1980
*shakes his head*
I don't see the scary or bad thing about the processing method.
it's done by machines: no manual labor takes places which could accidentally introduce some virus/germ in the food we get to eat (think a fancy restaurant with all natural food and the waiter spits in your food without you ever knowing, is it ok? I'm ok with a process that ensures 100% this won't happen by removing the human element)
it scrapes all possible meat off the bone: here we have 2 positive things. One - we don't get to chew bone (personally I don't like although it's supposedly good) and two - no meat is wasted (manual labor industry wastes enough meat a year to feed the whole of starving Africa for 6 months)
meat surface is bacteria-free: so no strange bacteria gets added to my naturally occurring stomach flora that could upset it (well, more than it already is anyway).
Ok, so I'm not all that into the artificial coloring since I don't trust industrial food colorants (and I don't mind the real color of meat & stuff - often chicken or fish I buy from farms have the 'natural' color too) but I don't see the huge problem since colorants have been in over 80% of foodstuff (meat or not) for so many years and yet people manage to pull through.
Personally I eat meat very rarely but frankly, I find it reassuring to find out that McDonalds still uses real meat for these things. Until recently, I dreaded the chicken nuggets because I was convinced that there's a real strange leftovers mix in the background.
addition: I really don't like attempts at scare tactics. It's cheap and anyway this was so transparent (basically you put words like scary, gross or throw in a chemical name aside a process that's actually efficient and positive and hope for people to fall for it).
Scare tactics do have another characteristic: they don't offer a solution. You can tell an article that's trying to gratuitously scare you because in the end all you're left with is The Fear, not a solution.
So what would the author suggest we do to solve the issue at hand? (in fact, what is the issue anyway?)
- don't eat meat: would work and I'm all for it, I do try to eat less and less meat. If it weren't for the utter lack of genetically unaltered vegetables, I would probably have stopped eating meat a long time ago. However, meat is necessary for me atm and I don't think one can simply change the eating habits of the world at gun point
- barring the above, what else? This meat processing (if true) is actually one of the best I've heard about. It's clean, efficient, doesn't waste meat and (apparently) doesn't imply health risks (aside from the colorant). Unlike salami (which is made from animal leftovers, sometime including skin and hooves), the nuggets are just actual meat. Kindof appealing (sure, I'm biased, I only like chiken and fish and I dread pork and beef).
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The name fast food is incorrect. It's slow processed muck. The world demands more but not quality. If we want to have the cancer rate go down we need to bring are kids up right.
My concern about animals being used as food, clothing, entertainment & used in science experiments is the element of suffering caused to the creatures.
Also, the environmental impact that having so much animal wastage pumped into the environment will cause? What will happen to all the waste created from these animal farms? Yes they give hormones to most animals bred for consumption, they also give them antibiotics to stop infections & illness spreading due to conditions being bad for the animals due to overcrowding & lack of sanitation. Most factory farms want to make the best profit possible, so rarely have vet call-outs. Overcrowded pigs often get ruptures & turmors on their bodies & resort to cannibalism out of boredom & stress & still use these sick & stressed animals for human consumption. Cows with mastitis & pus are still milked. Most animals are not dead when the meat processing begins (skinning & deboning the carcass). Some have their throat cut & are just left hanging as some abbitoirs collect the blood as well. Diseases are born & spread through incorrect disposal of factory wastes including carcasses..the result Pfisteria being one dangerous bacterium. And of course those farm hands that are unnecessarily cruel to the poor animals...bred only to be killed for mans profit, should be ashamed. Some of the violence displayed is brutal to say the least. Sad in a way we have become so self absorbed we cant see anothers pain & suffering, no matter what the species is. This planet was meant to be shared, not ruled over by overlords leaving other living beings in fear. I do not think my self any better than anyone else. I have what everyone else has on this planet, a choice, & I choose a different path to eleviate the suffering of others. Thats all.
i honestly thought it was gum...like hubba bubba or something.
Yes, that really is disgusting. Looks like yogurt. Ewwww
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