Latest food fight overlooks gross reality

Latest food fight overlooks gross reality

April 15
22:48 2013

Do you know how hot dogs are made? I don’t really want to get into it, but it involves the phrase “meat batter.”

This isn’t to say that hot dogs are a wholesome, nutritious and well-rounded meal. Given that they’re widely available for a buck or two on many big-city street corners, nobody should have been under that impression.

This is to say that there’s been gross stuff going on with the American food supply for a while. For another example: did you know the USDA allows certain amounts of blood and puss in milk?

The way I had it explained to me, what happens is because of the extreme demand for milk in the U.S., cows need to be milked faster than their bodies can handle. Sores develop on their nipples and a little bit of blood and puss leaks into the milk.

It’s not too much, and it’s not like milk didn’t already present the prospect of drinking a bovine’s bodily fluids, and prices would probably go way up if milk production had to be slowed to avoid this so why not, right?

The mentality of allowing defects in food because it needs to be produced so quickly is used to justify a lot of things, and none of them are very appetizing. Live larvae and egg sacks are allowable in pretty high quantities in canned fruit.

The official maximum for rat hairs in peanut butter is one in every 100 grams. Oregeno can legally contain up to 1,250 “insect fragments,” which just can’t be anything other than what they sound like, in every 10 grams. The list goes on and on and on.

So when I hear about how terrible and evil Monsanto is, all I can do is laugh.

For those that don’t know, congress pushed through an attachment to a temporary spending bill last month that makes it illegal to halt the process of harvesting or selling genetically modified organisms. If it’s legal when they plant it, nothing can make it illegal come harvest season.

Monsanto is the national leader in biotechnology, the main application of which is genetically engineering plants to either withstand herbicide or produce insecticide, because insect poison only poisons insects, not people. The company has an incredible amount of former employees in the legislative branch and Justice Clarence Thomas in the judicial branch, who famously didn’t recuse himself in a Supreme Court decision about the company.
The company has extensive control over food produce in the U.S. and the laws that govern it, and to make a long story short, they’re poisoning us. Them, along with pretty much everyone else who touches our food.

Joshua Knopp is a pre-journalism sophomore. He can be reached at hillbutton@gmail.com.

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