PINK SLIME: I May Never Eat Another Burger

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  1. Rico ANDROID

    Rico ANDROID Well-Known Member

    ABC News (national news with D. Sawyer) reported that 75% of a hamburger patty (basically ground beef) is "pink slime"! Only 25% or less is actually "beef"...yuk! And our govt allows this type of stuff to make it to our dinner plates. Sad

    CLICK: 'Pink Slime:' Do you know if it's in your burger?
    ..."you want fries with that slime?"...

  2. Gmash

    Gmash Well-Known Member

    Disgusting. But according to Republicans, the government shouldn't have regulations for anything. They would probably call any legislation against "pink slime" a job killer. Check out a documentary called "Food, Inc" to learn more about how a handful of huge corporations basically control the vast majority of the food supply in this country. It's scary and a real eye opener.

    This is the kind of stuff people should be worried about, instead of scaring people that someone wants to take their guns away, or two gay people might (gasp) want to get married. But that stuff is really just a distraction so people don't pay attention to things like this. People should be more scared of the Corporations than the Government, because they are not accountable to voters or anyone else.
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  3. Rico ANDROID

    Rico ANDROID Well-Known Member

    Gmash, this is so sad. Its what weve evolved into today. The majority of us alive today are born into this type of economh where we are practically "conditioned" to accept not questioning where oir food comes from, bit rather,be more worried about its risi g prices.

    notice you cant even smell the fruit in the air when walking into a supermarket? One thing I distinctly remember as a todler, was , when my mom took me to the store with her, I would literally smell the apples, bananas, pineapples, and yes, LEMON in the air...either its my sinus or theres no natural aromas today.

    Now I dont WANT to think about ground beef anymore. Definitely the corporations and big business has "governed" what we eat these days and it is all for $$$$$$$$.

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  4. Gmash

    Gmash Well-Known Member

    Sad is exactly the emotion I felt after watching that movie. Sad for our country that we have gotten to the point that it is so hard to even know what is going on anymore. How many people know that Monsanto invented a genetically modified soybean seed that is resistant to Roundup (also invented by Monsanto), strong armed every soybean farmer into using it, and sued any holdouts out of existence? How many people know that most of the chicken we eat are raised in giant dark buildings and literally never see sunlight their whole lives? Or that they raise them to grow so fast and so big that some of them cannot even stand up because their legs won't support them? Who would know these things, and really, why would they? But it just makes you feel really sad and helpless when you realize this is just the tip of the iceberg of what's going on in the world all around us without most of us even noticing. It just makes you feel like giving up sometimes, because what can we really do about it?
  5. Rico ANDROID

    Rico ANDROID Well-Known Member

    I am almost becominga vegetatian but, like youve said,because of strongarmed orcing farmers into accepting certain practices, its hard to find whoe foods. We have such stores locally,but, "they cost more" than the processed foods. Theres some communities here that have opened up neighborhood "open air type markets" where they bring home grown veggies and fruit that others can buy....this I like.
  6. Gmash

    Gmash Well-Known Member

    That's really all you can do, and they do mention it at the end of Food Inc, is try to buy locally from small independent farms. Sadly that's not really realistic for a lot of people, and as you mentioned, trying to buy "organic" is expensive. I can see us heading toward becoming like the humans in "Wall-E".
  7. Rico ANDROID

    Rico ANDROID Well-Known Member

    Now thats scary but a reality (Wall-E). What really got me to the point of not beieciing FDA iare their ever contradicting "studies" and the millions spent. One study, eggs are good for you, then the next study "eggs are bad for you".. An g' when the news report these studies, they NEVER make a follow up comment like "just weeks ago,we reported otherwise"....almostlie they are instructed to not do so and make it sound like it was the first timesuch announceent wew made.

    One thing I am convinced of is, we only hear what they want us to hear..ibet a LOT is kept silent from the public
  8. Gmash

    Gmash Well-Known Member

    Well, just go back to the original article you posted. The FDA says ammonia can be added to the meat and not listed because it's a "process", not an ingredient. How many bribes (or contributions, whatever you prefer to call it) changed hands for that decision to be made? If the meat industry didn't play ball with whatever politician who was in charge of whatever committee that pressured the FDA to (very quietly) make that ruling, ammonia would not only be listed on the ingredients, but there would probably be a warning label. Just a small example of how big business interests have bought massive influence on all aspects of our lives. Thinking about how many deals go down like that behind the scenes every day is enough to make my head hurt.
  9. Rico ANDROID

    Rico ANDROID Well-Known Member

    Sick, sick, sick! Makes you wonder how it got started and spiraled into this today! Alll for money.
  10. netlinkz

    netlinkz Well-Known Member

    Personally, it's a paranormal phenomenon sweeping the United States and well guys, "who are you going to call!!!!! "
  11. Rico ANDROID

    Rico ANDROID Well-Known Member

    National News aired the story again yesterday. They listed Grocery Super Market Chains that said they do not use Pink slime or sell meat containing it, and they listed Grocery Super market chains that would "NOT" respond (which looks like an admission of guilt).

    There's Whole Foods and H.E.B. in my area that says they do NOT. I will not shop at the stores that didn't respond one way or the other.

    Better yet. .i aint eat'n ground beef anymore (actually stopped long before this was aired)
  12. Rico ANDROID

    Rico ANDROID Well-Known Member

    ABC News got responses one way or the other from Grocery Stores , but what about restaurants like Burger King, Wendys, White Castle, etc?
  13. Gmash

    Gmash Well-Known Member

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  14. Rico ANDROID

    Rico ANDROID Well-Known Member

    Yes! Im glad it got exposed. Who knows what else we are eating.
  15. 330D

    330D From My Cold Dead Hands VIP Member

    So gross. I'm so lucky that good family friends raise their own grass fed low fat beef. Makes my choice so much easier. It's scary how little control we have over the crap we eat. These mass production slaughterhouses disgust me.
  16. Rico ANDROID

    Rico ANDROID Well-Known Member

    What gets me is how "uncouth" the spokespersons were after they were caught and interviewed. One said in a snappy way "well! What do you want me to say...that its not "beef"?!..naht gonna happen!"

    That alone makes me angry thaat they force fed us this craaahp all this time, making their millions
  17. breadnatty08

    breadnatty08 pain rustique VIP Member

    Not terribly surprised by all of this. Processed food is just the "norm" these days. The movement towards locally grown, organic and natural foods is really growing.
    On the flip side, Michael Pollan who wrote several books on the topic of the American state of food is helping a lot. Omnivores Dilemma which is what Food Inc. is based on was fantastic. I highly implore everyone else to read it. Government subsidies that help out the big guys champion the "agri-business" is just horrible. At our restaurant, we make the biggest effort to ensure all our food is as natural and additive free as possible. We buy local produce whenever possible. All our sausage and meatballs are made from in house ground meat that is hormone free. This is saying a lot from a simple pizza joint! I've been eating vegetarian since I was 15, not to say my actual diet is anything great, I just am glad to avoid that garbage. Just sucks that institutional and fast food rely on meats made with this "pink slime". Hopefully, things will get better soon!
  18. Rico ANDROID

    Rico ANDROID Well-Known Member

    I sah we rally a "WHARRRRS THE BEEF" picket at a burger joint then repeat at another restaurant chain until theh eacy BAN slime, grisstle, ligaments, horse hair and any other fillers thats not the real thing.

    Its gets my hide, just because placenta came from the cow does NOT make it "beef"... Thats the pinkinian's argument that it "is"..
  19. Steven58

    Steven58 Reformed PH VIP Member

    Since this is a current affair (event), I'm moving it to the Politics and Current Affairs section. If anyone disagrees, please PM me.

    Your servant,
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  20. ElasticNinja

    ElasticNinja Well-Known Member

    Seems yock. How was this allowed though? I'm confused. Aren't there regulations against this stuff? I've noticed companies tend to have far lower standards for food in the USA, again, seems crazy. When I buy a burger I expect the beef to be 100% (European) Beef, unless it says otherwise.

    But yeah, probably another reason to go veggie :p
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  21. Rico ANDROID

    Rico ANDROID Well-Known Member

    I would say yes! This is a current affair. Thanks for placing it in the proper home.

    ElasticNinja (Yeahha will love you!) You are right and DreadNatty hit it on the head. It the corp businesses, $$$ that got this stuff into our food chain without even one consent, vote or otherwise from the public consumer. I bet you not one of those ceos and other heads of the pink slime industry even TOUCHES this stuff much less eat it. I betcha they all have a "privied" source for their beef wlithout this, this....this MESS , while they make us choke and glide this slithery dollop down our throats. No wonder we have heath issues today..let them tell is it doesnt contribute to health issues in any way..yeah, right.
  22. OutofDate1980

    OutofDate1980 Well-Known Member

    Would you like velcro with that burger ?

    Growing meat in the lab: Scientists initiate action plan to advance cultured meat

    "In addition, a life cycle assessment of cultured meat compared to traditionally produced meat was recently published. It shows that the environmental benefits of cultured meat are very large (see attached fact sheet). For example, compared to the rearing of cattle, cultured meat would entail dramatic reductions of greenhouse gas emissions, land use and water use.

    Despite these obvious advantages, the area is still very poorly funded."
  23. Rico ANDROID

    Rico ANDROID Well-Known Member

    Velcro with that burger! Excellent
  24. breadnatty08

    breadnatty08 pain rustique VIP Member

    Unfortunately, it's going to take a lot of government action to kill subsidies for corn/soy and less influence from lobbyists to get things to change. They are the two big keys pushing the movement towards processed crap and making it cheap.
    If nutritious veggies were subsidized (and then sold as cheaply) as corn, we would honestly have a healthier America. Too bad as in the tobacco and gun lobby, we're just out numbered.
  25. Rico ANDROID

    Rico ANDROID Well-Known Member

    Yes thats the sad thing , because of money and big business dealings , we are the guinnie pigs . They are pushing the heart of america out of business namely the farmlands and natural ways to grow crop and raise livestock

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