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80% 0f Antibiotics are Fed to Farm Animals – and it’s killing us!

Here’s something we should all be aware of (especially when we go food shopping):

I hope you signed the petition… and look for the label in the meat department that tells you your steak is from a cow raised without antibiotics.

McDonald’s drops use of gooey ammonia-based ‘pink slime’ in hamburger meat

Thanks to MSNBC:

Treating scrap meat with ammonium hydroxide creates a pink goo that is used to extend meat products like chicken and beef and to kill bacteria.

By M. Alex Johnson, msnbc.com

McDonald’s confirmed that it has eliminated the use of ammonium hydroxide — an ingredient in fertilizers, household cleaners and some roll-your-own explosives —  in its hamburger meat.

The company denied that its decision was influenced by a months-long campaign by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver to get ammonium-hydroxide-treated meats like chicken and beef out of the U.S. food supply. But it acknowledged this week that it had stopped using the unappetizing pink goo — made from treating otherwise inedible scrap meat with the chemical — several months ago.

Besides being used as a household cleaner and in fertilizers, the compound releases flammable vapors, and with the addition of certain acids, it can be turned into ammonium nitrate, a common component in homemade bombs. It’s also widely used in the food industry as an anti-microbial agent in meats and as a leavener in bread and cake products. It’s regulated by the U.S. Agriculture Department, which classifies it as “generally recognized as safe.”

 

I’m constantly amazed at what the Department of Agriculture declares to be recognized as safe. Perhaps it is because of chemical industry lobbyists, or campaign funds from McDonald’s  or phenomenally non-scientific evaluation programs.

There’s more in this good article… go read it HERE.

I’ve been looking for evidence that Sarah Palin really said this…

…and here it is…thanks to Zirgar’s Fresh New Brain Squeezin’s!
clipped from zirgar.blogspot.com

 

“If any vegans came over for dinner, I could whip them up a salad, then explain my philosophy on being a carnivore: If God had not intended for us to eat animals, how come He made them out of meat? I always remind people from outside our state that there’s plenty of room for all Alaska’s animals – right next to the mashed potatoes.” (italics mine for emphasis)

So anything made of meat is intended for food? Babies are made of meat, so we can eat them now? Mmmmmmmm, so young, so tender–like veal, but much more accessible.

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Quote Question from your Vegan Blogger:

Did Sarah Palin REALLY say this (or did Jimmy Kimmel make it up)?

“If God had not intended for us to eat animals, how come he made them out of meat?”

– Sarah Palin, quoted by Jimmy Kimmel in an opening routine (“It’s a really good question. Hey, wait a second. People are made out of meat, too! And so are cocker spaniels. I think the lesson is, don’t go to Sarah Palin’s house for Thanksgiving dinner”, said Jimmy.

Changing a lifestyle is very interesting…

My readers know that last week my wife and I started eating a Vegan diet, but it is now becoming a more interesting prospect since she received a bunch of books she ordered from Amazon. There were some cookbooks to give us new things to try, which I appreciated since I do a lot of our cooking, and a heavy volume called “The China Study,” by T. Colin Campbell, PhD and Thomas M. Campbell II. Dr. Campbell comes from decades of scientific research at Cornell, MIT and other institutions and he published this book three years ago. If I had read it then, I would have most likely started this Vegan program much sooner.

I won’t get into the depth of research in this book, but I will say there are hundreds of scientifically proven and published sources here which contradict most of the popular diet plans that I have been addicted to most of my overweight life. Ostensibly, he shows why the basic American diet, especially as it regards protein from meat and large quantities of milk products, not only promotes weight but also heart disease, mental disorders such as Alzheimer’s, diabetes (which I have developed) and many more things which lead to shortened lifetimes.

Campbell gets into the advantages of replacing an animal protein based diet with a plant based diet as a way of promoting health and reversing some diseases (including diabetes, which he has significant documentation on). As time goes by I’ll keep you updated on things I’ve learned here, and I’d appreciate your comments, too. So many people have done this before me and I have a lot to learn.