Wednesday, November 23, 2011

"I wouldn't feed that to my dog, but I will feed it to YOUR kids!"

"Happy Thanksgiving!"

Undercover in the factory of Tyson Foods

Old-hen meat fed to pets and schoolkids

Pets might like it, but among most consumers, "spent-hen" meat isn't very popular.

It's tough, stringy and far less appealing than the more tender meat of broiler chickens. But that didn't stop the government from using the National School Lunch Program as an outlet for egg producers struggling to find a market for 100 million egg-laying hens culled each year.

From 2001 though the first half of 2009, USA TODAY found, the government spent more than $145 million on spent-hen meat for schools — a total of more than 77 million pounds served in chicken patties and salads. Since 2007, 13.6 million pounds were purchased.

Newsletters of a trade group representing egg producers regularly note the need to find new markets to "dispose" of spent hens. The primary options: pet food, compost — and schools
Feeding slop to our kids that most people wouldn't feed to their pets, but that's the way US corporations act, bribing Congress to let poison into the food chain that winds up in our children's lunch thru the National School Lunch Program and National School Breakfast, readily supplied like outfits like Tyson.

But, Tyson has to do what they do to make nearly 30 BILLION dollars a year.

Occasionally, workers fall into the food processing area. Do human body parts wind up in that child's lunch or your chicken sandwich bought at some greasy fast food outlet? Yummy!

When they can't find enough American workers to toil away on their production lines, they import slaves from overseas, like the Sudan.

Never one to let a dollar slip thru their bloody fingers, sometimes, Tyson workers are forced to ".... process cattle so quickly that they are still conscious. According to an affidavit, "10% to 30% of animals at the IBP plant proceed through the skinning and dismemberment process in a fully conscious state."
Chickens, turkeys and other fowl are treated the same: Fowl, chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese are not protected under any laws regarding farm animals, including humane slaughter. Fully conscious chickens and turkeys are shackled by their ankles upside-down to a moving conveyor belt. The birds are then given intensely painful electric shocks, which are intended to immobilize and make it easier to slit their throats. (Often the shocks fail to render them unconscious).
After being shocked, their throats are slashed by a mechanical blade. Inevitably, the blade misses some birds, who then proceed to the next station on the assembly line, the scalding tank. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), millions of birds per year are submerged in scalding water (about 143° F) while fully conscious. According to Virgil Butler, a former Tyson slaughterhouse worker:
"When this happens, the chickens flop, scream, kick, and their eyeballs pop out of their heads. Then, they often come out the other end with broken bones and disfigured and missing body parts because they've struggled so much in the tank."
When Tyson workers get bored, they piss in the same area that the chickens are butchered. No wonder that chicken sandwich you bought from a fast food outlet tastes so 'salty.'
Just weeks after the second-largest beef recall in history, the Sierra Club released a report on hundreds of criminal and civil violations of America's largest corporate factory farms. The Rap sheet documented convictions for animal cruelty, bribery, records destruction, fraud, worker endangerment and pollution.

"Despite repeated violations of environmental and public health laws, many of the companies highlighted in the Rap Sheets continue to receive millions of dollars every year from the School Lunch Program and other federal food assistance programs."
But Tyson really, really cares about their customers, why just look at this bill they tried to help pass thru Congress:
In early 2009, corporations like Monsanto, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Sodexo and Tyson Foods wrote and sponsored "food safety" bills which, according to critics; hand control and policing of food to factory farms and corporations. They point out that bills impose industrial, anti-farming "standards" to independent farms. Also, that they subject those who do not use chemicals and fertilizers to severe penalties, which apply even to producers growing food for their own consumption. The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009: HR 875 was introduced by Rosa DeLauro, whose husband (Stanley Greenburg) works for Monsanto. According to critics, the bill includes criminalization of seed banking, prison terms and confiscatory fines for farmers; 24 hour GPS tracking of their animals and warrentless government entry.
The multi-national corporations that are selling edible poison to people didn't get their act passed in 2009, but succeeded in 2010.

Factory chickens are fed arsenic

Still hungry?
Here's another sweet little disturbing fact you probably didn't know about hamburgers and conventional beef: Chicken litter containing arsenic is fed to cows in factory beef operations. So the arsenic that's pooped out by the chickens gets consumed and concentrated in the tissues of cows, which is then ground into hamburger to be consumed by the clueless masses who don't even know they're eating second-hand chicken sh*t.
But Tyson isn't all bad, why they put chaplains in their slaughterhouses and encourage employees to read a prayerbook during lunchtime. To assuage guilt?

Can we just call off Thanksgiving?



buelahman said...

Can we just call off Thanksgiving?

I have absolutely no problem with that, as long as Black Friday is called off, too.

I have often wondered why it is that every now and again I get a hot wing that has broken bones. Now I know why.

I hadn't planned on being a vegetarian, but it is now a consideration.

Penny said...

you make a dam good case to buy your meat locally
If possible

kenny said...

Great overview Greg.

We're always hearing the debate on nutrition in the schools but never once on the 'news' have I heard about the sweetheart deals these corporations have to dump their trash not only in the schools but also in nursing homes and VA hospitals.

I quit eating meat about 38 years ago. It was one of the best things I've ever done.

My brother in law raises grass fed, no antibiotic or growth hormone cattle and sells a number to individuals but the small processors are few and far between.

Even for those of us who like to eat a meat substitute burger every now and then, all the readily available products are made with GM soy. I'm down to only falafel for that now.

Jody Paulson said...

Thanks for reminding me why I became a vegan this year.

"As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields." -Leo Tolstoy

musique said...

Watch the movie called "Earthlings - Full length documentary (multi-subtitles)" on yidtube (just FF the holohoax part) You don't want to touch meat!

I am so envious of you Kenny(38 yrs. and you're in the south ..OMG!) & Jody for giving up meat products. These days seeing red meat makes me nauseated.

Give up black friday? Hell yes!

importing "chickkin slaves" from Sudan

Didn't know that! whoa, I am not surprised to hear that at all.

Greg, please checkout how the wave of bringing "mexican slaves" got started: Smithfield packing hiring illegal immigrants...

Noor al Haqiqa said...

Lucky here that all meat pretty well is island grown and fed so long as you avoid the frozen and fast food crud. I know, when I buy minced beef, for example, it comes from only ONE cow, not the flesh of hundreds all mixed up in a big vat with possible humanflesh. And if I can pay a little more, that cow lived in a field and felt the sunshine although, with Fukushima crud in the air and ground on the West Coast that ain't such a great option any more either if you think about it.

That also makes our fresh seafood glow in the dark too... whether fresh or wild salmon.

Forget tuna... the horrors of that are also myriad.

Same goes for birds and, I imaging pork, but my kids and I stopped eating piggie when the movie Babe came out so long ago. I am told pork is very similar to human flesh taste, so take that one to the bank too.

Weird thing? My brother raises chickens and those damn birds live in a chicken house 5/6 of the world population would DIE for, stained glass windows and all. He has layers and eaters and those eggs are effing delicious.

Shudders at those big meat producers. Can understand veganism for sure... my kids won't touch anything that ever had eyes.... good rule of thumb....

Greg Bacon said...

My brother in law raises grass fed, no antibiotic or growth hormone cattle and sells a number to individuals but the small processors are few and far between

A few years ago, a local farmer gave up trying to grow beef cattle the regular way and switched over to a pure organically grown and fed beef herd. His neighbors made fun of him and predicted he'd be out of business in no time at all.

Now the ones that made fun are having trouble staying afloat, the organic beef farmer is doing great, even turning away potential customers since he can't keep up with demand and the ones who made fun of him are now asking the same farmer for advice.

Noor al Haqiqa said...

Amazing how things turn around when common sense comes into play isn't it? But then, I dunno about you but, Fukushima aside (!!!) you can pick out your own lamb, calf, or goat or whatever in the field and return in a few days to get it all tidily wrapped up in pieces to fill the freezer. And for the hardier ones, we have so many deer that the herds need to be culled on a regular basis... they get fat stealing from all the organic gardens.......

Your Bro in law is on to a good thing....

goOgle said...

i have been vegetarian for 15 years. i wish i could do more to help the animals in this story have a more natural existence.

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