What I am about to write is my opinion. It’s not meant to be an attack, I just simply want to reveal certain things that I don’t feel everyone knows. You can’t do better until you know better. That being said, I’m not perfect and we all have things to work on. I just want to let you know there are options….so I’ll get to it….
When I say I don’t eat pork or beef I’m not just saying it to be ‘fake aware’ or to get cookie points for being cognizant of the issues at hand. I don’t nag just for the sake of it. I have literally written and deleted this post probably 10 times. It starts off with a random Facebook rant and then I delete it. Today though? I just need to get it off my chest. I transferred my Facebook rant into my WordPress and got to writing. Otherwise it will just stay bottled up. I find myself holding my tongue whenever a family member or friend reaches for some bacon. I literally hold my tongue hostage with my teeth whenever I’m in the drive through line of Mcdonalds and someone orders a Big Mac or chicken nuggets. These things taste good , I get it I get it, I swear that I get it, I get it, I get it *Drizzy Voice* . I went full vegetarian for 3 years then vegan for about 3-6 months. It was a struggle because spicy Italian sausage was my favorite food. Even now it kills me to take pepperoni off pizza at a party. Pepperoni is probably one of the best things ever thought up. It’s a little round piece of happiness. I then went to being pescetarian and finally just converted back to chicken and turkey. It took a while and I got sick going back to meat but I’ll come back to that.
One day I was perusing the internet and came across this Peta video. I would research and post the vid here but there’s hundreds of vids so just YouTube ‘Peta’ or mistreatment of animals or something. Anyways…..what I found might as well have been the animal version of a Dangerous Drug Cartel. Either these workers in the “Farms” were plucking tails off pigs like shrimp shells, slicing LIVE cows throats in an effort to drain them upside down, or they were cutting the beaks off LIVE chickens in an assembly line, which by the way are full of nerves. Whatever happened to just cutting the chickens head off and getting it over with quickly? That was not even the end of it. The conditions the animals were kept in appalled me. The chickens were growing so fast they never learned to walk, so they just sat there, day after day never moving. I know this is coming off like a rant but please stay with me, I have a point and i’m getting to it. Now again I’m not perfect, I’m just trying to promote some type of balance. We all do unhealthy things, but how often and how much? Example: I LOVE Bojangles. You don’t get it … I love them. I stopped eating them when I became a veg head and never looked back. Now I have slipped up (going back to being human) and indulged in a spicy tender or two. I primarily like the mashed potatoes with gravy, I mean did God come down and put his foot in it *tongue click* or nah? …but I digress. Let’s think about this, have you ever seen a KFC, Bojangles, Chick Fil A, or any major chicken chain’s drive through line without a car in it? No. Not unless they are closed. Think about amount of chicken that comes in one meal and how many meals they sell in an hour. OK, now times that by the amount of hours they are open…..Got it? OK now times that by the amount of days they are open, you see where I’m going? This can go on adding weeks months and finally coming up to a year. Do you know how much chicken that is?! Georgia ALONE processes over 26 million pounds of chicken a day! That’s equivalent to 1,625 male elephants each weighing 8 tons!! Now only 100,000 workers are inspecting these chickens and the job’s are declining. People that went to school to get their associates degree can’t find a job in the meat inspection dept. (Yes there is an associates degree for meat science or something like that). Do you think they have enough time to properly inspect each one? The way a local butcher could properly inspect his smaller amount? Many have filed work complaints againt Tyson due to ‘toxic’ working conditions. Other states have complained about the shortages of inspectors, some complaining that some meats may not have been inspected prior to hitting shelves. See news article -> (http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article1615736.html). Perdue and Tyson are just horrible. Trust me. Ok , now that we know that little piece let’s go back to these chicken chains and think deeply about how much chicken just one store sells in a day. Then we can look on an even larger scale and realize that that is just one of many chains, selling a countless amount of meat every second, every hour, every day. How many franchises are there in America again? “Let it sink in…like seasoniiinnn” *Nicki voice* (Pun intended) . This is not an attack on these chains. I am just trying to put it in perspective for you how unreasonable it is to believe that all this meat is being properly inspected.
Think about all the sickness we have. Think about how cancer is ransacking our homes. ‘Free roaming farms” are a thing of the past. Now… I’m not saying don’t eat meat (I eat chicken and turkey begrudgingly). To continue what I was saying earlier, I tried going vegan and lasted for about 6 months. I was crawling and deprived from a lack of protein that unfortunately my body only wants from a meat source. I’m still trying to figure out how to rebel against this. When I’m out I try to supplement with Tofu or Salmon. Even when I cook at home I feel like I’ve been put in this jail because I have not educated myself enough to learn a mass amount of meals that are Pescetarian or Vegetarian. That’s my fault and I’m working on it. I also eat Wild Caught Salmon not farm raised. I say ALLLL of this to say, if you have to partake in meat simply research where you’re getting your meat from. Try to buy at local markets that have preset standards, and PLEASE cut back on indulging in fast food. It’s called fast for a reason, because that’s how FAST it probably goes through the factory to get to you. If you think by ANY chance I’m being unreasonable or coming off a total buttwipe and tree hugger check out the Documentaries below. Also watch “Forks over Knives” (I could give a more explicit documentary but I’ll spare you).
Forks over Knives Documentary
My local store I trust is Ellwood Thompson and these are some of their standards. Please click on the link below to see all standards posted on not only meat but ALL products.
My favorite standards:
Irradiation is a process used to kill bacteria found in meat products. Not only does irradiation give treated meats unnatural flavor and texture, it can also be used to mask unsanitary conditions in slaughterhouses leaving behind risks of E. Coli and Salmonella contamination. These diseases and others can be spread through the feces and urine that irradiation hides. We won’t sell you meat products exposed to irradiation…ever.
Please see 2014 story
Chicken plant workers say chemicals sprayed on carcasses making them sick
No Factory-Farmed Meat Products
Just as we do not offer factory-farmed dairy products, we also do not offer factory-farmed meat products. We refuse to condone inhumane and cruel ways of animal raising practiced by companies who only focus on the bottom line of their ledger.
- Diets high in pork have been linked in population studies to higher risks of esophageal, thyroid, lung, pancreatic, liver, bladder, colorectal, and prostate cancer, as well as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
- Breast cancer risk has been found to increase with increasing consumption of pork in several population studies
But there’s hope for those who just ‘have’ to eat these things…
- Freshly prepared chicken, other poultry, fish, lean beef, and pork are “safer” than processed meats. Processed means smoked, cured, and salted meats, such as hot dogs, sausages, salami, bologna, bratwurst, bacon, salt pork, cold cuts and lunch meat, ham, pastrami, pepperoni, smoked fish, corned beef, and jerky. It turns out that when processed, cancer-causing (carcinogenic) chemicals are created in meat. These chemicals, when eaten, increase colon cancer risk. Source http://coloncancer.about.com/od/nutritionanddiet/a/meatcolcan.htm
Oh and just for kicks…this lady just turned 70 and is full vegan.