Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Wellness Wednesday

Pink slime.  Sounds delicious, right.  I first learned about this "food" product when I saw an article informing the public that McDonalds would no longer be using it to make their burgers.  What is pink slime?  According to an article on Common Dreams, it is a beef product:
Made by grinding together connective tissue and beef scraps normally destined for dog food and rendering, BPI’s Lean Beef Trimmings are then treated with ammonia hydroxide, a process that kills pathogens such as salmonella and E. coli. The resulting pinkish substance is later blended into traditional ground beef and hamburger patties. 
It was great news to hear that McDonalds, Burger King, and Taco Bell are no longer using this ammonia-infused food in their products.  However, the sad news is that the USDA is planning to purchase it for school lunches.  How bad must it be for McDonalds to reject this product, yet the government believes it's okay for our children?!  You can read the article and see a video by Jamie Oliver (Food Revolution) here.

For my readers who have school-aged children, I recommend you have them buy the vegetarian option. if one is available.  Or, better yet, write the USDA, your local school district, and anyone else you can think of, and protest what is being done to the children of this nation.  And for those of you who have children in private schools, don't assume your school is purchasing a better quality beef.  I seriously doubt it and recommend you investigate.

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