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Tuesday, November 08, 2011

McDonalds McRib: The Factory Farm Connection

Every once in awhile, the sick horrifying conditions at factory farms are swept out from under the rug and shown to the public.  Even if you don’t give a fuck about the tortures inflicted on these animals, how can you eat the byproducts of these factories?  Factory farm animals are fed excrement and the rotting flesh of other livestock, among other things.  If that’s what they’re eating, and you eat them, then that’s what YOU’RE eating.

Smithfield Foods is the factory farm that supplies the pork for the McDonalds McRib.  Last year the Humane Society did an undercover operation at Smithfield Foods.  Among other niceties, the pigs are crammed together so tightly that they suffer from “open pressure sores and other ulcers and wounds.”

No doubt there are hundreds of other factory farms that are just as putrefied as Smithfield Foods.  But Smithfield Foods pretends to be different, claiming that their animals are raised under “ideal” conditions.  And McDonalds has publicly praised Smithfield Foods for its humane treatment of their animals, and even presented Smithfield with a “supplier sustainability” award.

Other abuses discovered by the Humane Society include — from the linked article:

Animals were crammed into cages that were “coated in blood from the mouths of pigs chewing the metal bars....A sick pig was shot in the head with a captive bolt gun and thrown into a dumpster while still alive; prematurely born piglets routinely fell through the gate's slats into a manure pit… and employees tossed baby pigs into carts as if they were stuffed animals.”

Mmmm, it’s what’s for dinner.  Belly up to the counter.

I have nothing against McDonalds or any other fast food chain.  They’re wealthy because jillions of people like their products.  Nobody is being forced to eat there.

If you go there — just remember what you’re eating.

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Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

I don't care much for Mickey, and I grow a lot of stuff on about 1/8 of an acre. I understand that there are organic growers who are literally harvesting millions of pounds of food from just a few acres, and I look forward to learning how they do it.

November 9, 2011 at 3:10 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

C'mon, you stupid hippie, open sores are what gives it that extra bit of tangy flavor.

November 9, 2011 at 6:17 AM  
Blogger Suzan said...

Thank you, sweetheart.

I stopped MD'ing decades ago due to this issue and many, many more.

Good work getting the word out.


November 9, 2011 at 7:09 AM  
Anonymous Jess said...

I don't do fast food and even when I did McD was not on the list of places I would go. There is one chemical they are using in this "food" too, I'm forgetting the name of it right now but when I heard it explained a few days ago, I was really glad I don't eat at McDs and would never pick this "sandwich" up anyway.

November 9, 2011 at 12:03 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

JR: It's amazing, the amount of quality food you can grow on a small parcel of land. I hope these methods become a lot more widely known and used.

Randal: Open sores -- it's where the secret sauce comes from.

Suzan: Thanks. Just one more reason not to patronize them.

Jess: I think there are zillions of chemicals they use, all of which you'd rather not know about and they don't want you to know.

November 9, 2011 at 1:39 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I think I will have a salad for lunch today

November 11, 2011 at 9:02 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Me too.

November 11, 2011 at 1:32 PM  

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