"Rehabilitating" pink slime

Discussion in 'What's On Your Mind?' started by Sunny Goth, Mar 30, 2012.

  1. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    Yeah, good luck with that.

    You have to read the article to get the full impact of the amount of kool-aid these people have drunk. Do they not realize just how bad they all sound?

    Horowitz said the political charm offensive is a good start for the industry's rehab efforts but only a first step. "If you get enough credible, high-level people maybe you can start a campaign," she said. "People in the industry, academics, former FDA officials. … I think you will slowly perhaps get a viral campaign out there that will get it back into the good graces of the consuming public."

    Yikes!! What are these people thinking??

    Oh - and bonus points for the privacy data breach (I hadn't heard this before).

    The term was coined by a scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in what he thought was an internal e-mail. Consumer groups picked up on the phrase, which ultimately led to a public outcry over its use.

    Ooops! ;)

    Read the whole article here.
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  2. RB

    RB Founding Member

    The pictures I have seen of "Pink Slime" are not pretty. I don't want that stuff in my food.

    I stopped at a local meat market the other day, one of the old fashion kind where they actually cut their own steaks and make their ground beef. The price in the local market for very lean ground beef was less than a local Walmart. So look up local butchers and do some price checking, might be worth the search.
  3. Rugape

    Rugape Original Member

    We have about four local meat markets and one about 30 mins away that is fantastic. Their prices are at least competitive with the major chains in the area, and the meat quality has always been better. There is also a full service butcher shop in Reidsville, that individuals can take their caught game to for professional butchering. In the full swing of deer season, Richards takes in excess kills (some of the guys will fill their tags just to donate), butchers them and gives them to local homeless shelters and poor families in the area. Even if his prices weren't competitive, the fact that he puts the effort into supporting his community would make me go there.
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  4. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    The simple fact of the matter is that food should be just that: food.

    As a society we are far to willing to hand over responsibility to corporations, government, and others in general. It is not feasible that we all will become hunter-gatherers with our own farms, livestock, and resources. However, we can make connections that will drastically increase our health and satisfaction.

    Food that is less processed tastes far, far better, and is far, far healthier than what you will find in the industrial food supply chain. There is a causal link between the introduction of processed foods and the rising rates of obesity, cancer, decreased life-expectancy, and mental disorders. My clinical opinion renders that these developments are not coincidental.

    As an anecdote I'll share the story of a young girl in my practice. She is undergoing precocious puberty. At 10 years of age she already has fully-developed breasts, and is growing pubic hair. She has not yet started menses, but her emotions were beginning to become uncontrollable on a fairly regular monthly basis. In consultation with mom, we uncovered that her diet is heavily oriented to dairy. There is debate as to whether dairy is even an appropriate substance for our bodies. I happen to believe it, like other things, in moderation is a benefit. However, while we have been unable to prove that mass amounts of growth hormones and antibiotics introduced into the food supply have been harmful to us, I'm not even aware we've been able to find these things in the end product, it certainly warrants further investigation that children enter puberty sooner, that childhood obesity is on a dramatic rise, and that cancer rates have exploded since these practices have become common. I encouraged mom to take the extra effort and money to buy strictly organic dairy (milk, cheese, and yogurt) for a month and monitor progress. Three months later we had a conversation. Moods have dramatically stabilized. Pubescent indicators have slowed. Home life has calmed.

    Back on topic: getting your meat from a local butcher is great. Taking the effort to seek out a local farmer's market, a local farmer, and other steps along these lines is the best way to ensure your own health. There is nothing more important than knowing who grows your food. The old wives' saying of "know your pig" is just as important today, maybe more so, than it has ever been. Another great way to control your food intake is to join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). For the uninitiated you buy a "share" in a local farm and get a weekly portion of the produce. It's a little tricky because you're bound to the bounty, or lack thereof, each growing season. Nonetheless, once you get the hang of how it works, you'll be far better off for doing it.

    A great place to start is at Local Harvest. You can find information to these resources in your area. It takes a little effort, but you'll notice positive changes to your health in spades.
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  5. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Industrial agriculture (factory farming) is also unspeakably brutal and cruel. People can't claim to love animals and then turn around and support such torture. Because torture is what it is. Don't cuddle and coo over Fido and Muffy and then eat meat that comes from agribusiness slaughterhouses.

    As for your early-onset puberty story, barbell, yes. A doctor friend once told me a similar story, only worse. He saw a toddler, still in diapers, who had started growing tiny breasts, and whose mother noticed spots of blood in her diaper. When he questioned the mother about what the child ate, he discovered it was too much meat and dairy. All, of course, from factory farms, which means all full of antibiotics and hormones. He instructed her to change the child's diet. She did. Problem solved.
  6. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    This is essentially why I stopped eating meat. I remember reading about a million chickens that were all killed because of a bird flu threat. If they hadn't been mistreating the birds then the threat would have been lessened. :( So, that was it, I took myself out of the equation.

    I feel better about free-range animals, but I still have some qualms. To tell you the truth though, it's been fifteen years since I've eaten meat and I really don't have a taste for it anymore, so even if all of my qualms were removed I probably wouldn't go back to eating it.

    And to be clear - I have no judgements about whether or not others eat meat (BBQ still smells delicious to me). We could all have dinner together and you could all order steaks and I'd have no issue with it at all.
  7. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    I couldn't agree more.
  8. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    I love that people will do this. :)
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  9. Up here, there's a whole system set up for roadkill moose. Charities come out and harvest them. That's a lot of meat, too, on a moose!
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  10. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    Wow. I've only been to Alaska twice, once was in Anchorage and I saw a moose on the outskirts of town. I'd never seen one before. They're pretty solid looking animals........ I wouldn't want to encounter one up close and personal, I don't think.
  11. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    They're moving south & taking over. I lived in Moscow, Idaho, for eight years (1968-1976) and never saw a single moose in Idaho. Apparently the herds (a smaller type than the Alaskan moose) have been growing & moving south & west. Moose sightings are now a regular occurrence in Moscow.

    The Wall Street Journal had an interesting article on road-killed Alaska moose about 10-15 years ago. They have people on call to go out & butcher them.
  12. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    moose, 2000 lbs of grass-fed protein. yummy. ppppooor bullwinkle.. natives have informed me they are ornery as heck and will smack into your vehicle out of pure spite.

    My sis inlaw raises animals; I get beef, lamb, piggy from her efforts, all grass fed-except pig which is some grain. Unbelievable flavor. It's possible to find folks in your area who raise stuff like this, also, you can find custom butchers who can get this for you. In the era of GMO and processed foods that shatter your health and immune systems, agree with barbell one million percent.
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  13. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Luckily, we have several CSAs around here. And the local weekly Farmers' Market is 2 blocks from my house.
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    Lisa Simeone Original Member

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  16. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

  17. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    I love the section in the wikipedia article titled "Politician and media plant tour" (said using my snarky voice).

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