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"The meat industry's mantra is always that these are isolated cases, but the purpose of these bills is to prevent any pattern of abuse from being documented," said Paul Shapiro, vice president of farm animal protection for the Humane Society of the United States, which conducted the California and Vermont investigations.
In Indiana, Arkansas and Pennsylvania it would be a crime to make videos at agricultural operations."The meat industry's mantra is always that these are isolated cases, but the... more
The West's three biggest killers -- heart disease, cancer, and stroke -- are linked to excessive animal product consumption, and vegetarians have much lower risks of all three. Vegetarians also have a fraction of the obesity and diabetes rates of the general population -- of course, both diseases are at epidemic levels and are only getting worse.
But much more important than the vegetarian community's general statistics are what can be done with the right vegetarian diet: For some years now, doctors have been not just preventing, but even reversing, heart disease using a low-fat vegetarian diet.
That's right -- the disease that kills almost as many Americans as everything else combined can be not just prevented, but reversed, with a low fat plant-based diet, as documented by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn in Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease.
There's a link from animal product consumption to our country's No. 2 killer, too: According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, about as much cancer could be prevented by diet and exercise as is caused by smoking -- and you know what's causing all that cancer? It's not whole grains, legumes, fruits, or vegetables. Dr. T. Colin Campbell has documented the link between cancer and animal products.
There's a lot of money in the meat industry, just like there's a lot of money in big tobacco. For many years, the tobacco establishment pointed to elderly smokers like George Burns and millions of others as proof that their very-natural product could not be harmful. Even long-distance runners and members of the military could be found smoking a cigarette at the end of a long run or intense drill.
Similarly, today the meat industry points to the fact that there are an awful lot of old meat-eaters, conveniently ignoring our sky-high heart disease and cancer rates, as well as our ballooning rates of obesity and diabetes, all of which are linked to their products.The West's three biggest killers -- heart disease, cancer, and stroke -- are... more
The Friendly Face of Torture, Death, and Animal Exploitation
Posted by Gary L. Francione
If you question whether animal welfare reform is in the interests of industry, look no further than the October 21, 2010 article in the New York Times about controlled-atmosphere stunning of poultry, which, as I discussed in an essay here in 2008, is promoted by PETA and PETA award-winning slaughterhouse designer, Temple Grandin.
From the New York Times article:
“When you grab a chicken, turn it upside down and put it on the line, it’s stress, stress, stress,” said Scott Sechler, the owner of Bell & Evans. “Our system is designed so that we put them to sleep without stress and we kill them without stress.”
Anglia Autoflow, the company that is building the knock-out systems for the two processors, calls the process “controlled atmosphere stunning,” but Mr. Pitman [owner of Mary's Chickens] said his company was considering the phrase “sedation stunning” for use on its packages. Also on the short-list: “humanely slaughtered,” “humanely processed” or “humanely handled.”
The trick, he said, is to communicate the goal of the new system, which is to ensure that the birds “not have any extra pain or discomfort in the last few minutes of their lives.”
Mr. Sechler said the system was designed to put birds to sleep gently, in the same way that a person undergoes anesthesia before surgery.
To evoke that image, he wants to put the words “slow induction anesthesia” on his packages and advertising, which already tell customers that the birds are raised in roomy conditions with natural light and given feed free of antibiotics or animal byproducts. Customers who want to know more will be able to go to the company’s Web site.
Mr. Sechler said the system he chose, after years of research, was better than similar gas-stunning systems used in Europe. Those systems, he says, often deprive birds of oxygen too quickly, which may cause them to suffer. They are also designed to kill the birds rather than simply knock them out, something that Mr. Sechler is not comfortable with.
“I don’t want the public to say we gas our chickens,” he said.
And, of course, better treatment means better meat:
Mr. Sechler and others promoting the new system said that they expected the meat to be of higher quality because the birds faced less stress and also there would be less bruising and broken wings when they died.
PETA, which promotes the gassing of chickens, also maintains that gassing is in the economic interests of producers. In its Analysis of Controlled-Atmosphere Killing vs. Electric Immobilization from an Economic Standpoint, PETA argues for the gassing of poultry, claiming that the electric stunning method of slaughter “lowers product quality and yield” because birds suffer broken bones and the process results in contamination dangerous to human health. The electric stunning method also “increases labor costs” in various ways. PETA argues that gassing “increases product quality and yield” because broken bones, bruising, and hemorrhaging are supposedly eliminated, contamination is reduced, “shelf-life of meat” is increased, and “‘more tender breast meat’” is produced. PETA also claims that gassing “lowers labor costs” by reducing the need for certain inspections, reducing accidents, and lowering employee turnover. Gassing provides “other economic benefits” to the poultry industry by allowing producers to save money on energy costs, and by reducing by-product waste and the need to use water.
This sort of campaign is doing nothing but making the public feel better about animal exploitation. Indeed, the large animal welfare groups have become active partners in animal exploitation by helping industry to put a little smiling happy face on death, torture, and exploitation while, at the same time, helping industry to make animal exploitation more economically efficient and profitable. If you are questioning whether “happy” meat is, and is intended to, make the public feel better about animal exploitation, you are not paying attention.
This “happy” exploitation nonsense represents a very big step backward. People are never going to go vegan if they believe that they can exploit morally. And that is exactly the message that the “happy” exploitation movement is trying to convey: we can continue to exploit animals and treat ourselves to animal products as long as animals are treated “humanely.” As Peter Singer has stated:
[T]o avoid inflicting suffering on animals—not to mention the environmental costs of intensive animal production—we need to cut down drastically on the animal products we consume. But does that mean a vegan world? That’s one solution, but not necessarily the only one. If it is the infliction of suffering that we are concerned about, rather than killing, then I can also imagine a world in which people mostly eat plant foods, but occasionally treat themselves to the luxury of free range eggs, or possibly even meat from animals who live good lives under conditions natural for their species, and are then humanely killed on the farm. (The Vegan, Autumn 2006.)
The “happy” exploitation movement represents the promise of “compassionate” exploitation so that we may indulge in the “luxury” of animal exploitation.
That’s a “luxury” that animals cannot afford.
There is no such thing as “humane” exploitation and even if there were, it would still involve the unjustifiable killing of sentient nonhumans. Singer and his “happy” exploitation movement are not bothered by killing because they do not believe that animals have an interest in continuing to live, as I have discussed in other essays, including these: 1, 2, as well as in my new book, The Animal Rights Debate: Abolition or Regulation?, in which I debate the “happy” exploitation movement with Professor Robert Garner.
If you are opposed to animal exploitation; if you regard animals as members of the moral community; if you reject the notions that nonhumans are just things that exist as resources for humans, you have one choice: go vegan. It is easy, better for your health and the planet, and, most important, it is the right and just thing to do. It’s what we owe other animals. If you are not vegan, then you are participating directly in animal exploitation. You don’t get off the moral hook by eating gassed chicken.
If you are vegan, then educate others about veganism in creative, non-violent ways.
The World is Vegan! If you want it.
Gary L. FrancioneThe Friendly Face of Torture, Death, and Animal Exploitation Posted by Gary L.... more
The Office of Inspector General gave the nation’s residue inspection program, which monitors to ensure that the nation’s meat supply is free from chemical contamination, a failing score. Eat meat at your own risk.
Continue reading: http://gmo-journal.com/index.php/2010/09/15/national-meat-residue-inspection-program-fails-an-audit/The Office of Inspector General gave the nation’s residue inspection program,... more
Ryan Farr couldn’t find his ribs. Basically an entire side of beef — grass-fed and dry-aged Highland beef courtesy of Long Meadow Ranch — either hadn’t arrived or had gone missing. Farr, of 4505 Meats, was preparing to demonstrate long-rib butchering at Primal Napa (the double meaning of the name refers to the obvious as well as the primal cuts, which comprise every animal), a day-long celebration of open fire cooking, sustainable meat production, whole-animal utilization, and bacon. A ridiculous amount of bacon.
http://thebutcherblog.com/playing-with-fire-primal-cooking-in-napa/Ryan Farr couldn’t find his ribs. Basically an entire side of beef —... more
May 27, 2010
by Gary Yourofsky
PLEASE DISTRIBUTE THIS WIDELY, TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW!!! THE TIME FOR A MONUMENTAL ACTION IS NOW!!!!
From pacifist to extremist, let’s all come together at the Conklin Dairy Concentration Camp in Plain City, Ohio!
As most of you know, I have been on a vegan education tour since 2002. I have shunned nearly all media outlets, avoided protests and civil disobedience, and even direct action. Even though education is the most effective form of activism, hence my lecture tour for the last eight years, there comes a time when speeches and Q&A sessions aren’t enough, and the perfect opportunity for direct action arises! It’s been a long long time since I engaged in and organized something like this.
The unjust legal system that controls the lives of animals is NOT worthy enough to dole out proper punishment to Conklin and his psychotic cohorts. Each person that has been or will be charged with animal cruelty will face a whopping 90 days in jail for each count. Even if the system follows through with cruelty charges and convicts every reprobate who punched, kicked, used metal bars and pitchforks to stab cows and calves, we cannot let that slave-owner Gary Conklin operate his dairy imprisonment camp with impunity any longer. He – and every other torturer and murderer of animals – needs to know that we – as a movement – are fed up with passively ASKING people to stop torturing, enslaving and murdering animals. THE TIME IS NOW!!!
So, in honor of every imprisoned cow and calf at Conklin’s camp, for each innocent being who was punched and kicked repeatedly, and for every other imprisoned animal on this planet, we need to gather on MEMORIAL DAY, this Monday May 31 at noon, for a massive demonstration at the Conklin Concentration Camp located at 12939 US Hwy. Route 42 North in Plain City, Ohio.
I am asking everyone who cares about justice and injustice to join me. Even as a pacifist, you CAN do this. Dr. King and Gandhi were RADICAL LAW-BREAKERS who CONSTANTLY BROKE UNJUST LAWS. I am not asking you to harm anyone if it is NOT in you to harm someone… Also, you might want to be prepared to use the device you bring to protect yourself (SELF-DEFENSE) from Conklin, his violent cohorts and the police department. Whatever you are comfortable with.
If you want to peacefully march with a sign (bring your own) and chant outside the farm, please do so. If you want to take it up a notch, then please do so. But we need people willing to do a little bit of everything. I, personally, will be going INTO the farm to confront Conklin and the workers and – if possible – OPENLY liberate at least ONE calf. I hope others will do the same. If you have a van, bring it. Maybe we will take a cow, too. If you know how to operate a semi trailer, and you can get a hold of one to liberate dozens of cows, please come on down. The Conklin camp is HELL. THIS is a CONCENTRATION CAMP! Anywhere else we can take the animals is better. I don’t care if we drop them off in an obscure field somewhere in Ohio. Again, anywhere else is heaven!
PUBLIC SENTIMENT is on our side in this situation. Opportunities like this don’t come often. In fact, in my 15 years of activism, the only other case where the public was sort of on our side was the Michael Vick dogfighting case. But that wasn’t the perfect time for drastic retaliation because the majority of blacks thought the system was picking on Vick because of his skin color. Of course, that wasn’t the case. Vick is a sick, twisted asshole like Conklin and everyone else at the dairy camp. But I digress.
If you’ve had enough of animal abuse, as I have. If you truly care about animals, and want their suffering to end and be massively exposed across the world, let’s fucking do this NOW! Don’t be afraid.
To quote, paraphrase and edit the eloquent words of V, from the movie V for Vendetta: “There is something terribly wrong with this country, isn’t there? Cruelty, injustice, intolerance and oppression. Certainly there are those who are more responsible than others and they will be held accountable. But, again, truth be told, if you are looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror.”
Why should violent meat and dairy industries be allowed to continuously operate with PURE violence and impunity. Remember, our response is IN RESPONSE to their evil actions. I know why most of you will balk at this attempt to truly make a stand. I know you are afraid. Who wouldn’t be? The repercussions of our government … being labeled a terrorist or an extremist.
There are a myriad of problems which conspire to corrupt your reason, like the misguided preachings of Gary Francione who does not even accurately present pacifism in its proper context (Dr. King and Gnadhi were radical law-breakers and would surely join us in destroying this concentration camp). Or the cowardly law-abiding dictums from Wayne Pacelle and HSUS. They rob you of your common sense. Fear gets the best of you. And in your panic you turn to letter-writing campaigns and petitions as the only form of protest. But the aforesaid alone cannot produce freedom. There comes a time when love does NOT conquer hate.
When reason does not conquer stupidity, ignorance and evil. When violent thugs deserve a taste of their own medicine. Francione, HSUS and others promise you progress via legislation. Progress via op-ed pieces. Progress via law and order. And all they demand in return is your silent, obedient consent. This Memorial Day, we need to end that silent obedience to remind this world of what it has forgotten. To remind this world that fairness, justice and freedom are more than words. They are perspectives.
So if you’ve seen nothing wrong. If the crimes of Conklin and every other animal abuser and murderer remain unknown to you, then I would suggest that you allow this Memorial Day to pass unmarked.
But if you see what I see. If you feel as I feel. And if you would seek as I seek. Then I ask you to stand beside me on MEMORIAL DAY, this Monday May 31, outside the Conklin Concentration Camp located at 12939 US Hwy. Route 42 North in Plain City, Ohio, at 12 noon!!!
Call me if you need to. Please respond if you can attend. If you have video cameras, bring them for documentation. Do NOT respond or call if you seek to stop this gathering. It would be nice if at least 100 people came out for this event.May 27, 2010 by Gary Yourofsky Folks, PLEASE DISTRIBUTE THIS WIDELY, TO... more
Cow Torture Video: Willet Dairy Caught Burning Off Cows' Horns, Chopping Calf's Tail In Mercy For Animals ExposeALBANY, N.Y. — An animal-rights group released a video Tuesday showing an upstate New York farm worker lopping off a calf's tail and burning off its budding horns as the animal moans and struggles frantically to escape, prompting a state lawmaker to propose that New York follow California's lead in banning tail-docking for dairy cows.
The video was recorded in an undercover investigation at one of New York's largest dairy farms, according to Chicago-based Mercy For Animals, a not-for-profit group that publicizes what it calls cruel practices in the dairy, meat and egg industries and promotes a vegan diet.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/27/cow-torture-video-willet-_n_438403.htmlALBANY, N.Y. — An animal-rights group released a video Tuesday showing an... more
A recent United Nations Food and Agricultural Report revealed that dairy production accounts for 4 percent of man-made greenhouse gas emissions. That may seem like small potatoes compared to the 14-22 percent contribution from the meat industry, but that four percent adds up to over 1.3 billion tons of greenhouse gases per year!
Cutting dairy out of your diet completely might feel a little extreme for some folks, but even cutting back consumption can make a huge difference in your food’s environmental impact. Luckily, it’s simple and delicious to plan dairy-free meals! Here are some substitution ideas for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
http://www.care2.com/greenliving/cutting-back-on-dairy-at-breakfast-lunch-and-dinner.htmlA recent United Nations Food and Agricultural Report revealed that dairy production... more
Soy monoculture is now destroying the forests of Paraguay, the biodiversity, and the lives of the people there as well as exacerbating climate change. This is the quintessential example of greed run amok. The soy is grown to make "green deserts" where no other life now thrives all to satisfy export markets and the balance sheets of companies like Monsanto. The forests and biodiversity destroyed to make way for this soy monoculture that also goes to make biofuel and animal feed is one of the main drivers of climate change and the perpetuation of our addiction to fossil fuels. And the pesticides being used on this crop (GMO) are also polluting the water and threatening the health of those who live there.
Yet this is another important story that affects so many other issues that gets no coverage in the mainstream media. Another unreported crime against nature.Soy monoculture is now destroying the forests of Paraguay, the biodiversity, and the... more
Al Gore penned a lengthy New York Times op-ed entitled, "We Can't Wish Away Climate Change," on February 28, 2010. As expected, Gore was wordy, made no effort to discuss the planet's top polluter (US Department of Defense), and, most of all, the former vice president once again opted to ignore the No. 1 cause of climate change: the meat-based diet. In fact, I ran a search on the nearly 2,000 words, but none of the following terms were found: meat, cow, livestock, methane, farm, diet or vegan.
Accepting the (unfortunate) reality that Al Gore is the planet's best-known climate change spokesperson, he has yet again squandered an ideal opportunity to educate, inform and provoke real change. Just as they served burgers and hot dogs at the Gore-inspired Live Earth concerts in 2007, the high-profile, green crowd simply refused to accept the convenient truth: According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, "the livestock sector generates more greenhouse gas emissions as measured in CO2 equivalent - 18 percent - than transport. It is also a major source of land and water degradation."
Yes, it's much more than just climate change. What about the aforementioned water degradation? As the Sierra Club explained, groundwater is "frequently contaminated by factory farm pollution, generally in the form of nitrates. Nitrate pollution, which can cause serious human health problems, seeps out of manure lagoons and into community sources of drinking water."
Let's consider deforestation. "In the Amazon the cattle sector is the largest driver of rainforest destruction, accounting for 60 to 70 percent of deforestation," wrote Nikolas Kozloff, author of "No Rain in the Amazon: How South America's Climate Change Affects the Entire Planet." "To put it in concrete terms: every eighteen seconds on average one hectare of Amazon rainforest is being lost to cattle ranchers. As if the carbon emissions resulting from cattle deforestation were not enough, consider bovine methane emissions."
As a result, the meat-based diet also plays a role in habitat destruction, animal and plant extinctions, world hunger and corporate welfare. Still, since climate change is the eco-topic most familiar to the general public, it may be the ideal place for Al Gore to start this discussion.
As vegan musician Moby explained, omitting the role of animals raised for food from efforts to address climate change is "like talking about lung cancer without talking about cigarettes."
How much longer can the world's best known environmentalist ignore such an issue?
In an open letter to Al Gore, Pamela Rice of the Viva Vegie Society wrote:
We're changing our light bulbs. We're buying high-mileage cars. We're dreaming up new green businesses to reduce the shoe-size of our ecological footprint. But even if we do all of this, a silent trend is working in the background that surely will wipe out all of our gains. We're eating too much meat - meat that from a health standpoint is far in excess. And the world is on a trajectory to double its consumption of meat by mid-century. Indeed, all of our efforts to cut greenhouse emissions will be wiped out if we don't reduce our meat consumption. And people need to hear this from you, Mr. Gore, as the person with the most credibility to get this fact out there. If they hear it from you, they will listen. It is an environmental imperative for humans to reduce their consumption of animal-based foods.
Simple Suggestion for Al Gore: A slow, but steady, introduction into his talks and articles regarding the role of the meat-based diet in climate change. You can even use a mainstream source: Henning Steinfeld, chief of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization's Livestock Information and Policy Branch and senior author of the report, who said, "Livestock are one of the most significant contributors to today's most serious environmental problems. Urgent action is required to remedy the situation."Al Gore penned a lengthy New York Times op-ed entitled, "We Can't Wish Away... more
The chicken and pork industries have wrought unprecedented changes in bird and swine flu. Billions could die in a deadly flu pandemic, the likes of which we have never seen. -- Greger very clearly delineates how a virus begins, mutates, and becomes dangerous. As with so many problems we are seeing lately -- environmental or health -- factory farmed meat seems to be a big part of the cause. -- -- Studies have shown that measures as simple as providing straw for pigs so they don't have the immune-crippling stress of living on bare concrete their whole lives can significantly cut down on swine flu transmission rates. Such a minimal act--providing straw--yet we often deny these animals even this modicum of mercy, both to their detriment and, potentially, to ours as well. --- --- The American Public Health Association, the largest organization of public health professionals in the world, has called for a moratorium on factory farms. In fact the APHA journal, the American Journal of Public Health, published an editorial going beyond just calling for an end to factory farms. --- --- It questioned the prudence of raising so many animals in the first place: "It is curious...that changing the way humans treat animals--most basically, ceasing to eat them or, at the very least, radically limiting the quantity of them that are eaten -- is largely off the radar as a significant preventive measure. -- Such a change, if sufficiently adopted or imposed, could still reduce the chances of the much-feared influenza epidemic. It would be even more likely to prevent unknown future diseases that, in the absence of this change, may result from farming animals intensively and from killing them for food. Yet humanity does not consider this option.... --- Those who consume animals not only harm those animals and endanger themselves, but they also threaten the well-being of other humans who currently or will later inhabit the planet.... -- It is time for humans to remove their heads from the sand and recognize the risk to themselves that can arise from their maltreatment of other species."
(click on the link to access the link to the full article)The chicken and pork industries have wrought unprecedented changes in bird and swine... more
You're not going to believe what you've been eating the last few years (thanks, Bush! thanks meat industry lobbyists!) when you eat a McDonald's burger (or the hamburger patties in kids' school lunches) or buy conventional ground meat at your supermarket:
According to today's New York Times, The "majority of hamburger" now sold in the U.S. now contains fatty slaughterhouse trimmings "the industry once relegated to pet food and cooking oil," "typically including most of the material from the outer surfaces of the carcass" that contains "larger microbiological populations."
This "nasty pink slime," as one FDA microbiologist called it, is now wrung in a centrifuge to remove the fat, and then treated with AMMONIA to "retard spoilage," and turned into "a mashlike substance frozen into blocks or chips".
Thus saving THREE CENTS a pound off production costs. And making the company, Beef Products Inc., a fortune. $440 million/year in revenue. Ain't that something?
* jennifer poole's diary :: ::
And to emphasize: this pink slime isn't just in fast food burgers or free lunches for poor kids:
With the U.S.D.A.’s stamp of approval, the company’s processed beef has become a mainstay in America’s hamburgers. McDonald’s, Burger King and other fast-food giants use it as a component in ground beef, as do grocery chains. The federal school lunch program used an estimated 5.5 million pounds of the processed beef last year alone.
Bush's U.S.D.A. also allowed these "innovators" to get away with listing the ammonia as "a processing agent" instead of by name. And they also OKd the processing method -- and later exempted the hamburger from routine testing of meat sold to the general public -- strictly based on the company's claims of safety, which were not backed by any independent testing.
Because the ammonia taste was so bad ("It was frozen, but you could still smell ammonia," said Dr. Charles Tant, a Georgia agriculture department official. "I’ve never seen anything like it.") the company started using a less alkaline ammonia treatment, and now we know -- thanks to testing done for the school lunch program -- that the nasty stuff isn't even reliably killing the pathogens.
I've been thinking about an action item on this issue, and I've got three ideas: a. write Michelle Obama through this web form: http://www.whitehouse.gov/... or snail mail: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500; 2. print out the NY Times article and give it to the manager of your local supermarket, and ask them if they sell any kind of ground beef that doesn't contain this "pink slime" or if their butchers will grind meat fresh for you; 3. just stop buying the damned stuff altogether.
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Same story another source; http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/31/us/31meat.html?_r=3&pagewanted=1&emYou're not going to believe what you've been eating the last few years... more
...Animal advocate Larry Sullivan snapped this disturbing photo earlier today and captioned it "BBQ sauce? Looks more like blood splatter to me...
http://animalrights.change.org/blog/view/mmm_mcblood...Animal advocate Larry Sullivan snapped this disturbing photo earlier today and... more
Animal cruelty charges have been dropped against a former New Jersey police officer because bestiality is not a crime in the state.Animal cruelty charges have been dropped against a former New Jersey police officer... more
Video report: McDonald's golden arches are going green, reports CNBC's Sharon Epperson.Video report: McDonald's golden arches are going green, reports CNBC's... more
The picture you see is the sharp contrast between forest and pasture in Mato Grosso.
"As the world's biggest cattle producer, Brazil braces for change:
While you're browsing the mall for running shoes, the Amazon rainforest is probably the farthest thing from your mind. Perhaps it shouldn't be.
The globalization of commodity supply chains has created links between consumer products and distant ecosystems like the Amazon. Shoes sold in downtown Manhattan may have been assembled in Vietnam using leather supplied from a Brazilian processor that subcontracted to a rancher in the Amazon. But while demand for these products is currently driving environmental degradation, this connection may also hold the key to slowing the destruction of Earth's largest rainforest."
"Cattle ranching is overwhelmingly the biggest driver of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon: the fate of nearly 80 percent of cleared rainforest land is to serve as forage for livestock. Since 2006 more than 38,600 square miles has been cleared for pasture, bringing the total area occupied by cattle ranches in the Brazilian Amazon to 214,000 square miles, an open space larger than France."
"The green group issued Slaughtering the Amazon, a report that linked some of the world's most prominent brands to illegal destruction of the Amazon rainforest. The fallout was immediate and substantial.
Days after the report was released, Brazil's biggest domestic beef buyers, supermarket chains Wal-Mart, Carrefour, and Pão de Açúcar, announced they would suspend contracts with suppliers found to be involved in Amazon deforestation.
Bertin, the world's second largest beef exporter, saw its $90 million loan from the World Bank's International Finance Corporation withdrawn..."
More at the link.
"To some, these issues may suggest that curbing beef consumption is the ultimate solution to deforestation in the Amazon as well as other environmental problems, but in the meantime it is clear that industry will play a critical part if the tide in the Amazon is to be turned.
'The whole Amazon will be torn down if we don't come up with a sensible and effective system," said Carter. "The time to act is now.' "
I think the whole world has to rethink the consumption of meat as it causes deforestation, hunger, poverty, desertification, water contamination, water scarcity, species extinction and the death of the indigenous people.
http://current.com/groups/organicgreen/The picture you see is the sharp contrast between forest and pasture in Mato Grosso.... more
Could we make big changes on our own? Can government incentive programs help the environment and the people at the same time?
This article takes a look at the the environmental benefits of "Cash for Clunkers" and some bold new incentive ideas such as "Wind Power for Pastures" that would make bigger and better changes for the environment.Could we make big changes on our own? Can government incentive programs help the... more
About two years ago, dozens of workers at a large chicken hatchery in Arkansas began experiencing mysterious skin rashes, with painful lumps scattered over their hands, arms, and legs.
"They hurt real bad," says Joyce Long, 48, a 32-year veteran of the hatchery, where until recently, workers handled eggs and chicks with bare hands. "When we went and got cultured, doctors told us we had a superbug."
Its name, she learned, was MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. This form of staph bacteria developed a mutation that resists antibiotics (including methicillin), making it hard to treat, even lethal. According to the CDC, certain types of MRSA infections kill 18,000 Americans a year — more than die from AIDS.
Then in 2008, a new source and strain of MRSA emerged in the United States. Researcher Tara Smith, PhD, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Iowa, studied two large Midwestern hog farms and found the strain, ST398, in 45 percent of farmers and 49 percent of pigs. The startling discovery — and the close connection between animal health and our own that it implied — caused widespread publicity and much official hand-wringing. To date, though, the government has yet to put a comprehensive MRSA inspection process in place, let alone fix our problematic meat-production system.
You may not have the same close contact with meat that a processing plant worker has, but scientists warn there is reason for concern: Most of us handle meat daily, as we bread chicken cutlets, trim fat from pork, or form chopped beef into burgers. Cooking does kill the microbe, but MRSA thrives on skin, so you can contract it by touching infected raw meat when you have a cut on your hand, explains Stuart Levy, MD, a Tufts University professor of microbiology and medicine. MRSA also flourishes in nasal passages, so touching your nose after touching meat gives the bug another way into your body, adds Smith.About two years ago, dozens of workers at a large chicken hatchery in Arkansas began... more