More bad meat
July 8, 2008
The USDA’s monthly Livestock Slaughter report shows May was another record-setting month for meat production. U.S. commercial meat production totaled 4.22 billion pounds in May, up 4 percent from the 4.08 billion pounds produced in 2007.
Pork production totaled 1.82 billion pounds, up 3 percent from the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 9.06 million head, up 3 percent from May 2007. The average live weight was down 1 pound from the previous year, at 268 pounds. Beef production, at 2.38 billion pounds, was 4 percent higher than last year. Cattle slaughter totaled 3.14 million head, up 3 percent from May 2007.
From January to May, commercial meat production was 21.0 billion pounds, up 7 percent from 2007. Accumulated pork production was up 11 percent, and beef production was up 4 percent.
Cows, pigs and chickens aren’t raised in pretty green meadows. They’re raised in crowded, unfavorable conditions and, especially in the case with dairy cows, are injected with growth hormones. The feed they’re given is even more alarming. Cattle are made to eat grass, which their stomachs turn into cud they gracefully regurgitate and chew for hours. But that’s not how the meat industry likes it. Instead, industrialized slaughterhouse-bound livestock are fed cheap high-calorie grain, which often times contains other dead animals to fatten the cattle even more. That gives the meat corporation more bang for their buck.
What does that give you, the consumer? You get dark, firm and dry meat (DFD). Crowded feed areas cause stress in the animals and lowers lactic acid in their muscles, causing discoloration, a shorter shelf life and unusually high pH levels. DFD meat is known to carry E. coli and bacteria, which cause food poisoning in people.
Reports indicate that 14,000 Americans die every year from drug-resistant infections (caused by that bacteria in DFD meat). And those growth hormones found in your dairy? They put people at greater risk of colon, prostate and breast cancers.
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