Did everyone see this article a couple days ago about how the USDA is proposing new rules to allow more more chemicals in chicken processing?
It seems they want to speed up poultry processing and so they are "enhancing" chemical use to make that happen. This is supposed to make it safer for the consumer. There could be some glitches in the implementation - including the death of a young man who worked as an inspector. But it's supposed to be totally safe. The government said so - they reviewed "data provided by chemical manufacturers (page1 at the very bottom)."
You might barf if you read the whole article but if you can stick with it thru page 3 you can see my favorite line from USDA Undersecretary Hagen who said, "“Bottom line, plain and simple: We would never put forward a rule that we thought would increase risk for anybody.”
Oh. Well then. I feel much better now.
I can understand that they might want to step up efforts to clean up the meats - seeing as how much of American meat is contaminated with antibiotic resistant bacteria.
Sometimes people ask us why we grow our own food, are we hippies? Trying to make a political statement? Nope. Pretty much it's just out of self defense.
Some people think that we should just eat less meat and
that will solve the problem. But I don't think so. I think the answer is
that we should take back control of our food and just do it ourselves.
So if you are on the fence about growing some food this year maybe you should just choke your way thru that article and see if it changes your mind.
As for me, I'll be ordering some more meat chickens and some turkeys here pretty soon - no chemicals necessary.
Happy Tuesday everyone. Hope I didn't make your barf.