Undercover in the factory of Tyson Foods
Old-hen meat fed to pets and schoolkidsFeeding 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.
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
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).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.'
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."
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.But Tyson really, really cares about their customers, why just look at this bill they tried to help pass thru Congress:
"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."
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
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?