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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Factory Farming = Food Poisoning

Even if nobody gives a flying fuck about the putrid sick living conditions of factory farm animals — how can they eat the poisoned “food” that comes out of those hellholes?

Animals are crammed into cages where they barely have room to move, they’re wallowing in each other’s shit and piss, and their “food” consists partly of shit and the flesh of diseased animals. They’re injected with huge amounts of antibiotics and growth hormones; plus they get more of these same drugs from the feces that’s in their “food.” MMMM, eggs over easy, anyone? How about a little Steak Tartare?

Food poisoning epidemics are getting more and more common. What the fuck did you expect? This latest rerun is the same old same old. FDA and USDA inspectors are asleep at the switch (and/or understaffed and/or being paid off) while another factory farm spews out contaminated filth and millions of people eat it. The names change but it’s the same tired plot. This time it’s Quality Egg, Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms.

Why do people keep buying that shit? Just don’t patronize those cocksuckers. Buy local.

Nothing is guaranteed of course, but you’re a lot less likely to get poisoned if you buy your food from local growers and farmers. Sure it costs a bit more, but you’re helping the local economy and helping yourself with a better diet.

Factory farms wouldn’t survive without millions of people buying the diseased sewage they call “food.”

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Anonymous Tim said...

Yeah most of the places,scratch that,all the local places we used to go are all closed. I eat a lot of cereal.

August 22, 2010 at 5:31 PM  
Blogger Dave Dubya said...

It's too bad most Americans are becoming so impoverished that all they can afford is that crappy food.

August 23, 2010 at 8:33 AM  
Blogger Demeur said...

Sadly Tom there aren't enough local farms to sustain a large city. If Seattle had to rely on the farms of the Skagit valley they'd starve. And a lot of those farms are gone now sold off to developers for strip malls and housing. Did you know that Werhauser now makes most of it's money by buying and selling land?
Yep things have changed since you first moved out here.

August 23, 2010 at 9:15 AM  
Blogger TomCat said...

That's good advice, Tom. Sadly for those of us who do not drive, it's easier said that done.

August 23, 2010 at 10:40 AM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Good post and topic.

I don't know if it's true of all of them, but most factory farms are as awful as you say. Better rules are needed, along with a lot more enforcement — an excellent job-creating opportunity for state and federal governments.

Buying local is a good move for those who can. As others have pointed out, that's often not an option. Even if local producers were plentiful, many people couldn't afford their prices. And even if you do that, you'll still get a lot factory-farm eggs in your diet, in restaurants and as ingredients in prepared foods and baked goods.

I think we'd do well to have a national policy encouraging and helping people to start up small family farms and medium-sized multi-family farms, for a variety of reasons, including national security and job creation.

Short of that, we can and should demand more and better regulation of factory farms, with more humane conditions for the animals and safer products for consumers.

August 23, 2010 at 12:26 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Tim: That sucks, that your local places have closed. At least you can't get food poisoning from cereal. (Knock wood.)

Dave: Some of the produce at our local health food store is cheaper than the same item at Safeway. Not too many people know about it, and Safeway certainly isn't anxious to spread the word.

Demeur: Sorry to hear that about the Skagit Valley. That whole locavore thing is really big where I live. This isn't exactly a hip or trendy area, so I figured this was happening in a lot of places.

TC: That's true, not driving would sort of cramp things. Portland sounds like a cool place though. I've driven through it a few times but I'm not that familiar with it.

SW: That's true, stronger enforcement would create lots of useful well-paying jobs. And I agree that more small and medium size family farms would benefit national security and employment.

August 23, 2010 at 2:33 PM  
Blogger TomCat said...

Portland has one of the best public transit systems in the country, but the "farmers' markets" within reach get their stuff from the same wholsalers the grocery stores do. I remember farmers' markets in NJ in my youth where we could get tomatoes that tasted sweet as candy.

August 24, 2010 at 11:34 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

TC: That's too bad about bogus farmers markets. The one in our town, we know all the vendors and farmers, so it's all pretty trustworthy. But since farmers markets are becoming so trendy now, the downside would be a bunch of impostors sneaking in.

August 24, 2010 at 11:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your post is right on, read "Foundations" for my view. It is in synch with your rail, which is not as harsh as it should be, people need a 2x4 smack between the eyes to get the picture. Eat cancer, get cancer.

August 30, 2010 at 5:43 PM  
Anonymous Tor Bailey said...

Hi Tom Harper,

I am part of Compassion in World Farming which is the only charity working specifically to end factory farming. We are a small but dedicated team who work tirelessly to promote better treatment of farm animals. We are highly impressed by your fantastic blog, Factory Farming = Food poisoning; we’d like to congratulate you on highlighting said key issues.

It would be fantastic to an eloquent advocate such as yourself to spread the word about farm animal welfare. Digital online technology has made it possible to reach an audience of millions using the peaceful weapon of the word. It is amazing to note the impact that just one person can have! We would be very grateful if you would like to consider blogging about us and are more than happy to provide you with any additional information or resources which would help you with this.

It's always great to read comments from fellow supporters of farm animal welfare. I wish you all the very best with your Factory Farming = Food poisoning blog, what a fantastic resource. If we can be of any future assistance please do not hesitate to get in touch and we'll help you in any way we can.

Kind regards,

Tor Bailey
Supporter Services Officer
Compassion in world Farming

September 6, 2010 at 7:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope to see same more information in futere.

December 30, 2010 at 7:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It’s funny how many articles and news come out on a weekly basis.

January 13, 2011 at 2:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good article. Thank you.

January 16, 2011 at 5:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good article. Thank you.

January 16, 2011 at 5:57 PM  

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