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Do you REALLY know what’s in your meat?

March 05, 2015 1

In 2012, Consumer Reports conducted a study of pork sold in supermarkets throughout the U.S. They found that 69% of samples of ground pork and pork chops tested contained Yersinia enterocolitica bacteria. This causes approximately 100,000 people in the U.S. alone to get sick every year. At least four other forms of bacteria were found – most of them resistant to antibiotics. Amazingly, antibiotics weren’t the only drugs found during the study. Also found were traces of ractopamine, a drug put into livestock feed to induce leanness and quicker growth. While it is legal in the United States, the dangers of the drug have caused it to be deemed illegal in 160 countries. Yes, almost the entire planet. Studies have linked exposure to ractopamine with over 200,000 deaths among pigs as well as anxiety and restlessness in people and animals. Who knows what will be found after further studies are done? And, as if this wasn't bad enough, there is another ingredient that's been used in cattle feed since 2003 for the purpose of increased growth. It's a non-hormonal drug called Zilmax and it is considered 125 times as potent as ractopamine. We can only imagine the effects this dangerous pharmaceutical product has had on the health of people and animals. The business methods used in the age of Big Agriculture have been a boon to pathogens reminiscent of the Dark Ages in Medieval Europe – not to mention, a form of cruelty to animals. The mega-sized food manufacturers are mostly to blame for this due, evidently, to their desire to maximize profits no matter the cost to the health and well-being of their fellow citizens. They encourage farmers to take part in practices such as limiting the variety of plant and animal species on farms; overcrowding livestock in tiny pens and cages (which are basically jail cells); bypassing proper sanitation methods and not concerning themselves with clean or healthy food and water for the animals. These despicable conditions have provided fertile breeding grounds for deadly organisms to reproduce prolifically and spread illness around the globe – all in the name of efficiency. People seem shocked to find out that we now have antibiotic resistant infections such as MRSA spreading like wildfire. We are sad yet not surprised. We don’t expect the whole world to go vegan overnight. We don’t intend to lecture people about their eating habits. We really don’t. We are here simply to do our part to educate consumers about what’s in their food and offer healthier and more compassionate alternatives. To your health! *raising a cold-pressed juice glass*



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