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- Food consumers seldom hear about the drugs oestradiol-17, zeranol, trenbolone acetate and melengestrol acetate and the names are certainly not on meat labels. But those synthetic growth hormones are central to U.S. meat production, especially beef, and the reason Europe has banned a lot of U.S. meat since 1989.- Food consumers seldom hear about the drugs oestradiol-17, zeranol, trenbolone... more
Veteran newsman Ted Koppel appeared as a special contributor to NBC’s “Rock Center” on Thursday to launch an apparent war on what he believes is “partisan ranting” masquerading as news coverage at Fox News, MSNBC and other partisan media. But, first he sat down for an interview Bill O’Reilly and told him to his face that he’s hurting the country.
His conclusions: Fox News and MSNBC seem to only market “fear”; the partisan divide has actually become impossible to bridge; and it’s now up to the American people to reject it or suffer the consequences.Veteran newsman Ted Koppel appeared as a special contributor to NBC’s... more
Is it defamatory to label “lean, finely textured beef” product “pink slime”? That’s what the lawyers for Beef Products Incorporated argue in their complaint against ABC News. The South Dakota-based meat giant, which was recently forced to suspend operations at its Amarillo plant, is seeking $1.2 billion in damages from the news organization.
In its 263-page complaint, the meat processor claims that ABC News launched a “month-long vicious, concerted disinformation campaign” against their product on March 7.
“It was a prolonged attack by one of the most powerful news organizations in the world,” the complaint states, perhaps dramatically. “Through a series of factual misstatements, repeated continuously during the campaign, Defendants knowingly misled the public into believing that LFTB was not beef at all, but rather was an unhealthy ‘pink slime’ ‘hidden’ in ground beef as part of an ‘economic fraud’ masterminded by BPI.”
ABC reporters and anchors used the phrase “pink slime” to refer to the meat product some 135 times, according to the complaint. “There is not a more offensive way of describing a food product than to call it ‘slime,’ which is a noxious, repulsive, and filthy fluid not safe for human consumption,” the complaint states.
(It is worth noting that the meat product now known as “lean finely textured beef” has had some other unappealing official names over the years, including “partially defatted chopped beef” and “fat reduced beef.”)
The company maintains its product is a “a safe, nutritious beef that has lowered the cost of lean ground beef sold to consumers for nearly 20 years.” As a result of unfavorable news coverage, BPI saw its sales of this beef product drop from five million pounds per week to two million, forcing the company to shutter three of its four processing facilities and laid off 700 of its 1,300 employees, the filing claims.
“The lawsuit is without merit,” Jeffrey Schneider, Senior Vice President of ABC News, said Thursday. “We will contest it vigorously.”
Full Story: http://www.tmdailypost.com/article/business/company-take-abc-news-court-over-pink-slime-labelIs it defamatory to label “lean, finely textured beef” product “pink... more
Cameras rolled one day last fall as Ty E. Lawrence led journalists into a room-sized meat locker on the campus of West Texas A&M University, where bloody sides of beef, still covered with a slick layer of ivory-colored fat, hung from steel hooks. Dressed in a white lab coat, a hard hat on his head, Lawrence pointed to the carcass of a Holstein that had been fed a new drug called Zilmax. He noted its larger size compared with the nearby body of a steer never given the drug.
"This is thicker, and it's plumper," said Lawrence, an associate professor of animal science, pointing at the beast's rib-eye. "This animal right here," he said, waving his hand at the pharmaceutically enhanced meat, "doesn't look like a Holstein anymore."
Convincing ranchers that Zilmax will transform their cattle into bovine Schwarzeneggers has been part of Lawrence's work ever since the drug was introduced by Intervet, a subsidiary of Merck, the global pharmaceutical company. The tour he led of the carcasses in his lab was just one of many events where he has helped Intervet sell Zilmax. He's given speeches to ranchers and written an article for a beef-industry magazine to promote the drug. He's repeatedly let Intervet include his comments in news releases, including one in which he said the drug could "revolutionize the beef production system."
Lawrence is hardly alone. Scores of animal scientists employed by public universities have helped pharmaceutical companies persuade farmers and ranchers to use antibiotics, hormones, and drugs like Zilmax to make their cattle grow bigger ever faster. With the use of these products, the average weight of a fattened steer sold to a packing plant is now roughly 1,300 pounds—up from 1,000 pounds in 1975.
It's been a profitable venture for the drug companies, as well as for the professors and their universities. Agriculture schools increasingly depend on the industry for research grants, a sizable portion of which cover overhead and administrative costs. And many professors now add to their personal bank accounts by working for the companies as consultants and speakers. More than two-thirds of animal scientists reported in a 2005 survey that they had received money from industry in the previous five years.
Yet unlike a growing number of medical schools around the country, where administrators have recently tightened rules to better police their faculty's ties to pharmaceutical companies, the schools of agriculture have largely rejected critics' concerns about industry cash. Administrators have set few limits on how much corporate money agricultural professors can accept. Faculty work with industry is governed by confidentiality rules that veil it from public view.
In certain ways, the close relationship between animal scientists and pharmaceutical companies has never served the public well. Few animal scientists have been interested in looking at what harm the livestock drugs may be causing to the cattle, the environment, or the people eating the meat. They've left most of that work to scientists outside of agriculture, consumer groups, and others who take interest.
But with the introduction of Zilmax, the situation may have reached a tipping point. Critics say some academic animal scientists have become so closely tied to the drug companies that they may be working more in the companies' interests than in those of farmers and ranchers—the very groups that land-grant universities were created to serve.
More at the linkCameras rolled one day last fall as Ty E. Lawrence led journalists into a room-sized... more
Seeing as it's the weekend I can move away from San Francisco and talk about a term coined by Dr. Gerald Zirnstein, Pink Slime. It's a term used to describe boneless lean beef trimmings that are ground up and processed as an additive to regular ground meat. Since the term is a pejorative one to denigrate this product I thought I'd do a little background research about this horrific meat product that is on everyone's lips nowadays.Seeing as it's the weekend I can move away from San Francisco and talk about a... more
No dead cows, just real, sustainable beef, made with nothing but yummy stem cells and a touch of magic! All yours for a sizzling €250,000 each. And they’ll get cheaper and cheaper with every passing year (can we call that Moo’s law?)No dead cows, just real, sustainable beef, made with nothing but yummy stem cells and... more
"... in smaller, more probing focus groups, voters show they are fairly cynical about Democratic politicians’ stands. They tune out the politicians’ fine speeches and plans and express sentiments like these: “It’s just words.” “There’s just such a control of government by the wealthy that whatever happens, it’s not working for all the people; it’s working for a few of the people.” “We don’t have a representative government anymore.”
This distrust of government and politicians is unfolding as a full-blown crisis of legitimacy sidelines Democrats and liberalism. Just a quarter of the country is optimistic about our system of government — the lowest since polls by ABC and others began asking this question in 1974. But a crisis of government legitimacy is a crisis of liberalism. It doesn’t hurt Republicans. If government is seen as useless, what is the point of electing Democrats who aim to use government to advance some public end?"
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/31/opinion/sunday/tuning-out-the-democrats.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=globaleua212"... in smaller, more probing focus groups, voters show they are fairly cynical... more
Francis “Lefty” O’Doul was born here in San Francisco. He is considered one of the New York Giants most colorful and popular personalities. He played in the Pacific Coast League as well as the Major League, where in 1929 he had a .398 batting average. It was the highest average of any National League outfielder in the 20th century.Francis “Lefty” O’Doul was born here in San Francisco. He is... more
Laura Silverman: I've spent quite a lot of time ruminating over the notion of eating meat. Like a cow chewing its cud, I have tried to carefully digest what I've gleaned from reading Fast Food Nation, Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defense of Food, Eating Animals and Food Matters, and watching Supersize Me and the incredibly eye-widening Food Inc. At the very least, I think I can say I'm a conscious eater. I'm not going to delve into the horrifying truth of how government and industry conspired to convince us that we all need to have a big slab of (corn-fed) meat at the center of most of our meals on a daily basis, I'm just going to say that we should all be eating a great deal less of the stuff -- for our own sake and that of the planet.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/laura-silverman/to-meat-or-not-to-meat_b_816285.htmlLaura Silverman: I've spent quite a lot of time ruminating over the notion of... more
In a lawsuit filed on behalf of Amanda Obney, a resident of California, and the customers of Taco Bell, it has been alleged that meat used by the company is not all meat but contains binders and fillers in high quantity.In a lawsuit filed on behalf of Amanda Obney, a resident of California, and the... more
Wheres the BEEF !?!
Nostalgia: When Bevo was barbecue, and other trials of Texas' most famous longhorn
-Jim Weber runs the college football and men’s basketball site LostLettermen.com. This week, he looks at the early trials of Bevo, introduced to Texas on Thanksgiving 1916, ahead of Thursday night's rivalry showdown between the Longhorns and Texas A&M in Austin.
-There isn't a fan base more proud of its school or more in love with its mascot than the faithful from the University of Texas. Longhorn fans stay true to their school by traveling en masse to road games, decking themselves head to toe in burnt orange and obsessively lashing the "Hook 'em Horns."
And they show their affection for the live longhorn mascot, Bevo, with endless merchandise that ranges from golf head covers to Halloween costumes, as well as a student group, the Silver Spurs, whose sole purpose is the care and transport of the 2,000-pound steer. These days, he's treated like royalty while taking in games from the field.
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http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/blog/dr_saturday/post/Nostalgia-When-Bevo-was-barbecue-and-other-tri?urn=ncaaf-289081Wheres the BEEF !?! Nostalgia: When Bevo was barbecue, and other trials of... more
Sope films his pet cats Onyx and ATL get into a fighting brawl with each other and gave them dialogue of what they were probably saying and introduces us to his dog Drama just messing around tripping. indieheat.comSope films his pet cats Onyx and ATL get into a fighting brawl with each other and... more
Sope films his pet cats Onyx and ATL get into a fighting brawl with each other and gave them dialogue of what they were probably saying just messing around trippin'. indieheat.comSope films his pet cats Onyx and ATL get into a fighting brawl with each other and... more
Lebron James was spotted out in Hollyweird and when ask to speak about inner city youths he turned it down. It doesn't surprise us though but it made our guest host visibly angry. Pop the lock for this exclusive Hood News clipLebron James was spotted out in Hollyweird and when ask to speak about inner city... more
A short tribute video I made after seeing the amazingly shocking documentary 'Earthlings'. If you have not seen this documentary I urge you to watch it ASAP.
Song used is Michael Jacksons epic 'They Don't Care About Us'
I'd like to thank everyone responsible for bringing this documentary to my attention, it was a real eye opener o_O
Dedicated to Lisa, thank you for spreading awareness and opening our eyes.A short tribute video I made after seeing the amazingly shocking documentary... more
August 9th, 2010
02:47 PM ET
1 million pounds of ground beef recalled
Consumers are being warned to check their freezers for recalled beef that may be contaminated with E. coli. The Modesto California-based meat processor Valley Meat Company is voluntarily recalling approximately one million pounds of ground beef. The beef may contain a rare strain of the bacterium E. coli O157:H7.
The Valley Meat Company says the ground beef patties and bulk products were produced between October 2nd, 2009 through January 12th, 2010 and were distributed to retail outlets and institutional foodservice providers in California, Texas, Oregon, Arizona and overseas. A list of retailers has not yet been released, but a complete list of products has been published on the company's website.
So far seven people are believed to have been sickened between February and June according to a USDA press release. Consumers are urged to throw away any of this beef, if they still have it in their freezers.
E. coli can cause serious illness including death in the most severe cases. Consumers can avoid getting sick if they properly cook their meat to at least 160° F, which kills the bacteria.August 9th, 2010 02:47 PM ET 1 million pounds of ground beef recalled Consumers... more
Britain is in the middle of a new media storm over the safety of beef — but this time it is not about mad cows, but cloned ones.
Earlier this week a Scottish farmer admitted that he had raised cows derived from an American clone. Meat from at least one of the animals was sold to wholesalers and probably ended up in stores.
British government experts say there's no danger. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration says it is legal and safe for meat from the offspring of cloned animals to enter the supply chain, though in reality a relatively small amount has made it to store shelves.
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129034395Britain is in the middle of a new media storm over the safety of beef — but this... more
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Quarantine was lifted from two B.C. farms after an investigation by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency found no evidence of disease. CFIA closed access to the farms and began extensive testing after three beef cows from B.C. tested positive for brucellosis during routine testing at a U.S. slaughterhouse late in MayQuarantine was lifted from two B.C. farms after an investigation by the Canadian Food... more