Weekend Wrap…McNuggets with a side of heavy metals – YUMMY!

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Welcome! Let’s dig in. So on the brilliant move by a government agency front, the USDA is planning to allow Chinese poultry processing plants to export chicken to the U.S. I mean no disrespect to my wonderful Chinese friends, but let’s face it, some abhorrent practices still occur there. This is the land of sewer sludge being converted to cooking oil (1), toxic air and water leading to toxic food (2), and melamine-tainted foods being produced and consumed by unsuspecting people and animals, thereby sickening or killing them (3).  It just seems to be a culture rife with corruption and disrespect for animal and human life. Having said that, what could possibly go wrong with poultry produced there? (S.A.R.C.A.S.M.) Here’s what:

http://www.dailyfinance.com/on/chinese-chicken-imports-american-health-risk/

The net is that China is the most polluted industrial nation in the world, and it routinely and consistently produces the most heavily contaminated food products anywhere on the planet. Natural News Forensic Food Lab tests have confirmed that food products produced in China are consistently the most polluted in the world (4).

Now let’s take a moment to review all that is disgusting and gross about conventional chicken:

–          May be procured from China (even if it is labeled organic, it may be contaminated with heavy metals, which are not part of the organic certification criteria)

–          May be contaminated with arsenic. The FDA  just recently pulled approval of the arsenic-based drug Roxarsone from agricultural use, eliminating one of the most prominent sources of toxic arsenic in commercial poultry (5)

–          May be contaminated with feces, pus, and chlorine due to poorly regulated production practices (6)

Lost your appetite yet? I know I am about to gag.

The reasons for the above are many-fold, but here are 2 big ones:

–          American beef producers want access to the Chinese market, so for this to happen we have to open up our poultry market to them.

–          The USDA is transferring oversight from the government to the production plants, in shocking, industry-friendly de-regulation called “Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points” (HACCP). We get to “trust” that the poultry plants will do the best thing for the animals and consumers, and not just implement disgusting practices which will make them the most $$! Hey, USDA, good to know you have our backs! (More sarcasm…)

Since clearly the USDA does not have our backs, we have to arm ourselves with knowledge and take action to protect ourselves. In this case, avoid conventional chicken ALL the time. If it is not organic from the US, then don’t eat it. All organic, all the time. Period.

Speaking of organic, you may be skeptical about its advantages and higher cost. Here is an insightful posting by Robyn O’Brien, author of The Unhealthy Truth, which we have mentioned several times here:

http://www.foodrevolution.org/blog/is-organic-better/

She explains how the high price of organic food can irritate anyone.  But the scrutiny that these foods undergo is enormous and expensive, driving prices at the cash register and for those producing them on the farm.  Why the costs?  Because the cost structure on our food supply offers taxpayer-funded resources called subsidies to the farmers using genetically engineered seeds and saturating crops in insecticides and weed killers, while charging the organic farmers fees to prove that their crops are safe.

Let that sink in for a moment – our government subsidizes the toxic, GMO crap that is making us ill and puts the screws to small, organic farmers. In other words, it’s an un-level playing field right now (the subject for a whole other rant post!). Fortunately, the only option is not shopping at Whole Paycheck Foods, as shown in this helpful link:

http://eatlocalgrown.com/article/11467-20-ways-to-build-a-whole-food-kitchen-on-a-budget.html

I know I am starting to grow vegetables for the first time and have no idea what I am doing, but will figure it out. Gotta start somewhere!

And that wraps it up for today! Gathering information about healthy foods and acting accordingly takes some time and effort, but it is worth it! I wish you all the best on our journey to wonderful health.

  1. http://www.odditycentral.com/foods/recycling-done-wrong-chinese-turn-sewer-sludge-into-cooking-oil.htm
  2. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/chinas-choice/2013/oct/24/china-airpocalypse-harbin-air-pollution-cancer
  3. http://content.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1856168,00.html
  4. http://www.naturalnews.com/042894_USDA_China_imports_chicken.html
  5. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/02/business/fda-bans-three-arsenic-drugs-used-in-poultry-and-pig-feeds.html
  6. http://www.alternet.org/food/get-ready-extra-helpings-feces-pus-and-chlorine-your-plate-america-deregulating-its-meat
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