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- Why Meat Prices Are Going To Continue Soaring For The Foreseeable Future (The American Dream, April 9, 2014):

The average price of USDA choice-grade beef has soared to $5.28 a pound, and the average price of a pound of bacon has skyrocketed to $5.46.  Unfortunately for those that like to eat meat, this is just the beginning of the price increases.  Due to an absolutely crippling drought that won’t let go of the western half of the country, the total size of the U.S. cattle herd has shrunk for seven years in a row, and it is now the smallest that is has been since 1951.  But back in 1951, we had less than half the number of mouths to feed.  And a devastating pig virus that has never been seen in the United States before has already killed up to 6 million pigs in this country and continues to spread like wildfire.  What all of this means is that the supply of meat is going to be tight for the foreseeable future even as demand for meat continues to go up.  This is going to result in much higher prices, and so food is going to put a much larger dent in American family budgets in the months and years to come.

One year ago, the average price of USDA choice-grade beef was $4.91.  Now it is up to $5.28, and the Los Angeles Times says that we should not expect prices to come down “any time soon”…

Come grilling season, expect your sirloin steak to come with a hearty side of sticker shock.

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Jan 18

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The cloning methods may not be novel – but the application of mass production is

- China cloning on an ‘industrial scale’ (BBC News, Jan 14, 2014):

You hear the squeals of the pigs long before reaching a set of long buildings set in rolling hills in southern China.

Feeding time produces a frenzy as the animals strain against the railings around their pens. But this is no ordinary farm.

Run by a fast-growing company called BGI, this facility has become the world’s largest centre for the cloning of pigs.

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Jan 02

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- Walmart’s Latest Chinese Food Scandal: Diluting Ass With Fox (ZeroHedge, Jan 2, 2014):

“We are deeply sorry for this whole affair,” said Wal-Mart’s China president after the world’s largest retailer recalled donkey meat sold at some outlets in China after tests showed the product contained the DNA of other animals – including fox. “It is a deep lesson (for us) that we need to continue to increase investment in supplier management,” repeat-offender Wal-Mart added as Reuters reports the tainted “five-spice” donkey meat may mean “wealthy shoppers will start to lose the trust [in Wal-Mart's brand] they had before.” Donkey meat is a popular snack in some areas of China, but as one bemused customer noted, oddly, “Isn’t fox meat more expensive than donkey meat anyway?

Via Reuters,

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Nov 27

- We’re Eating What? Contaminants in Meat, Part 1 (Huffington Post, Nov 6, 2013):

Recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced plans to “relax” federal meat and poultry inspections, allowing meat processors greater leeway in policing themselves, already the agricultural trend. But most food activists ask how standards could be relaxed any further when drug residues, heavy metals, cleaning supplies, gasses, nitrites, hormones and other unwanted guests contaminate the meat supply. They are almost all unlabeled.

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Nov 27

- Hamburger Chef Jamie Oliver Proves McDonald’s Burgers “Unfit for human consumption” (Political Blindspot, Aug 3, 2013):

Hamburger chef Jamie Oliver has won his long-fought battle against one of the largest fast food chains in the world – McDonalds. After Oliver showed how McDonald’s hamburgers are made, the franchise finally announced that it will change its recipe, and yet there was barely a peep about this in the mainstream, corporate media.

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Nov 27



- One Year Later, The Makers of ‘Pink Slime’ Are Hanging On, and Fighting Back (TIME, March 06, 2013):

As the meat industry again makes news thanks to an endless stream of articles about horse meat masked as beef popping up all over Europe, the “pink slime” story is still playing itself out in courthouses, law offices and the one BPI plant still in operation.

Five weeks before the Internet went mad over the presence of “pink slime” in ground beef across the U.S., the product’s creator was being inducted into the Nebraska Business Hall of Fame.

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Oct 22

- Chicken Processed in China Triggers U.S. Food Safety Protests (Bloomberg, Sep 27, 2013):

Food-safety advocates are raising alarms over a decision by the Obama administration to permit chicken processed in China to be sold in the U.S. even after several high-profile incidents of food contamination.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, in addressing a decade-long trade dispute over farm imports, said it will allow poultry slaughtered in the U.S. and Canada to be processed in China and returned to the U.S. for consumption. Critics are vowing to fight the decision, which they say puts consumers at risk due to lax Chinese factory oversight.

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Sep 14


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Before I give you some more info about my diet I want to tell you that the human body was not designed to fall apart after living just 80 to 100 years and not even at 150 years of age!

Infinite Unknown’s Diet = Raw Vegan + Honey – Salt

So I am not really a raw vegan because I use honey, which is loaded with enzymes.

Yes, that means that I do not eat dairy, meat, fish, eggs etc. and any kind of cooked food.

Everything I eat is organic.

Why no salt?
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Aug 06

- Google’s Sergey Brin is the Money Behind Test-Tube Synthetic Burgers (Liberty Blitzkrieg, Aug 6, 2013):

While I share Sergey Brin’s concerns about meat production and the completely cruel way in which we treat our animals, I can’t say I’m looking forward to biting into a test tube hamburger any time soon. This story has received a lot of press in the past few days following the synthetic meat’s taste testing in London yesterday. I have to admit, I’d take the entire thing a lot more seriously if Sergey wasn’t wearing those creepy and idiotic Google Glasses while discussing it (watch video):




From The Guardian:

The man who has bankrolled the production of the world’s first lab-grown hamburger has been revealed as Google co-founder Sergey Brin. The internet entrepreneur has backed the project to the tune of €250,000 (£215,000), allowing scientists to grow enough meat in the lab to create a burger – as a proof of concept – that will be cooked and eaten in London on Monday.

“It’s really just proof of concept right now, we’re trying to create the first cultured beef hamburger,” said Brin in a film to mark the tasting event in London. “From there I’m optimistic that we can really scale by leaps and bounds.”

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Aug 02

- Beef Supply at 21-Year Low: Get Ready to Pay Up (Liberty Blitzkrieg, Aug 2, 2013):

I don’t follow the commodity markets as closely as I used to, but the following article related to beef prices really caught my eye. Last year’s drought and consequent spike in grain prices led to negative margins for cattle producers, who subsequently culled their herds. As expected, this has resulted in tighter supply today. We see this evidenced in the fact that retail ground beef prices were up 13% year-over-year in June, and the CEO of Ruth’s Chris mentioned during a recent presentation that they were forced to raise prices in February. While grain prices are much lower today, which should encourage expansion in cattle supply, this process will actually cause even more tightness in the near-term as more animals are set aside for breeding rather than slaughtered.

Don’t worry, you can always just eat the S&P 500.

From Bloomberg:

U.S. beef production is plunging to a 21-year low after surging feed costs spurred ranchers to cut herds, signaling record prices for consumers and higher costs for buyers from McDonald’s Corp. to Ruth’s Chris Steak House.

Production in the U.S. will decline 4.9 percent to 10.93 million metric tons in 2014, retreating for a fourth year, the government says. The herd on July 1 was the smallest for that date since at least 1973, according to the average of four analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg.

Retail ground-beef prices in June were up 13 percent from a year earlier and near a record set in January.

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Jul 02

- Cows with TB have entered human food chain: Infected meat served up in schools, hospitals and to the military (Daily Mail, June 30, 2013)

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Jun 24

Don’t miss:

- Alzheimer’s Disease: Deadly Infectious Cause Known And Hidden – Prions:

The primary transmission of prion diseases is ingestion of prions from the Central Nervous System (Brain, Eyes, Spine and Spinal Fluid) of animals. These unwanted ‘left overs’ were used in animal ‘feed’ for ‘protein’ and ‘mystery meats’ (hotdogs, etc) as ‘filler’. These resilient, nearly indestructible by nature, or cooking, individual factories of plague were spread throughout the populations (animal and human) and around the planet awaiting their ‘activation’ by hydration.



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- Pork Tapeworms in the Brain (Feb 25, 2012):

A pair of new studies underscore the U.S. public health threat of neurocysticercosis—quite literally having pork tapeworm larvae curled up inside one’s brain—now the most common cause of adult-onset epilepsy in the world. The first study, The Impact of Neurocysticercosis in California, concluded that “Neurocysticercosis causes appreciable disease and exacts a considerable economic burden in California,” with estimated annual hospital charges exceeding $17 million. The second study, published two weeks ago, is the first to follow the cognitive function and quality of life of those living with these brain parasites.

As you’ll see in today’s NutritionFacts.org video pick below, even after one’s brain is infested with pork tapeworms, some people can go for years before the headaches and seizures start as the larvae begin to multiply. What the second study suggests, though, is that long before the more obvious symptoms present, those who are infected may suffer from mental, social, and cognitive dysfunction. (See video above).

The follow-up video, Avoiding Epilepsy Through Diet, details diagnosis and treatment and reports on a synagogue survey. If pork tapeworms can get inside the brains of orthodox Jews in Brooklyn, then I guess no one’s immune! Turns out it’s not only what we eat that may put us at risk, but also the diets of those who handle our food.

In health,
Michael Greger, M.D.

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May 29

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Remember the 16,000 dead pigs found in Shanghai’s Huangpu river?

- China Pulls 1,000 Dead DUCKS From Sichuan River:

The news comes as the toll of dead pigs pulled from Shanghai’s Huangpu river passed 16,000.

So the conditions under which our food is produced …

@Amazon.com: Eating Animals

… will certainly not improve.

Bon appétit!


- China’s Shuanghui to Buy Smithfield Foods (Wall Street Journal, May 29, 2013):

Chinese meat producer Shuanghui Group agreed to acquire Smithfield Foods Inc. for about $4.7 billion, striking what would be the largest takeover of a U.S. company by a Chinese buyer—should it get past what is likely to be heavy regulatory scrutiny.

Shuanghui agreed to pay $34 per share for Smithfield, the world’s largest hog farmer and pork processor, marking a 31% premium to Smithfield’s Tuesday closing price of $25.97. Including debt, the deal values Smithfield at $7.1 billion.

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May 27

- How Undercover Animal Rights Activists are Winning the Ag-Gag War (Liberty Blitzkrieg, May 26, 2013):

I previously covered these crazy “ag-gag” laws being passed in states with large meat production industries back in March in my piece:  States Move to Criminalize Whistleblowing on Food Fraud and Animal Cruelty.  Such laws represent a really disturbing macro trend in America where, rather than deal with inhumane, criminal and immoral practices, large corporations and government would just rather the public not know.  The Obama Administration exemplified this practice perfectly in its recently exposed war on journalism.

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Mar 28

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- Food Fraud Hits a New Low with the Potential Emergence of Dog Meat in the UK (Liberty Blitzkrieg, March 28, 2013):

The food fraud story has now progressed from somewhat humorous with the undersized Subway footlong subs, to the highly disturbing with the revelations of horse meat and fake tuna, to the really creepy with the now potential emergence of dog meat in UK lamb curry.  No you can’t print lamb folks, which is exactly why many humans are now eating worse than their pets in the Western world.

A mystery meat, which has defied the best efforts of scientists to identify it, has been found in a lamb curry as part of an investigation into food fraud.

The discovery raises new questions about just what is going into the nation’s takeaways and processed foods.

The meat in a Beef in Black Bean Sauce dish turned out to contain high levels of chicken material including blood, while a burger contained no beef at all, other than blood and heart.

However, most alarming of all was a curry. A spokesman for the programme said: ‘Just when we thought things couldn’t get any worse, the results came in for an Indian Lamb Curry.

‘It did contain meat, but that meat was not lamb, not pork, nor was it chicken or beef. Not horse, and not goat either.

All of the many tests to date by the lab used by the programme have failed to identify exactly which animal was the source of the meat.

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Jan 23

- Decayed Meat Treated With Carbon Monoxide To Make It Look Fresh At The Grocery (Prevent Disease, March 11, 2012):

Most meat eaters may be unaware that more than 70% of all beef and chicken in the United States, Canada and other countries is being treated with poisonous carbon monoxide gas. It can make seriously decayed meat look fresh for weeks. The meat industry continues to allow this toxic gas injection into many of the meat products people consume on a daily basis. The question is, how many people have become ill by this chemically altered meat that is being sold to families all over the world?

Carbon monoxide (often referred to as CO) is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas, one measly oxygen molecule away from the carbon dioxide we all exhale. But that one molecule makes a big difference in that it does very, very bad things to the human body at very, very low concentrations. CO is toxic because it sticks to hemoglobin, a molecule in blood that usually carries oxygen, even better than oxygen can. When people are exposed to higher levels of CO, the gas takes the place of oxygen in the bloodstream and wreaks havoc. Milder exposures mean headaches, confusion, and tiredness. Higher exposures mean unconsciousness and death, and even those who survive CO poisoning can suffer serious long-term neurological consequences.

The Canadian Meat Packers Council recommends that the internal meat temperatures not go above 39 degrees Celsius or 4 degrees Fahrenheit. That has also been defined by other international meat regulators as the optimum storage temperature of meat. Even small increases of one or two degrees can cause a huge increase in bacterial growth. For example, an increase in the temperature of -1.5 degrees Celsius to 2 degrees Celsius would cut the shelf life of meat in half.

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Jan 19

- Irish plant shuts over new horsemeat in burgers (Businessweek, Jan 18, 2013)

- Tesco withdraws over 10 million beef burgers in UK, Ireland after horsemeat discovery (allvoices, Jan 18, 2013)

- Horse meat supplier still operating in the Netherlands with authorities refusing to name and shame the Dutch company (Daily Mail, Jan 18, 2013)

- Horse meat in supermarket burgers linked to Dutch suppliers (Telegraph, Jan 18, 2013)

Horse Meat Found in Irish Beef Burgers (TIME, Jan 17, 2013‎)

 

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Jan 18

- Asda, Co-op and Sainsbury’s withdraw burger ranges over horse meat fears as it’s revealed tests found equine DNA in other supermarket products LAST NOVEMBER (DailyMail, Jan 15, 2013)

  • Scientific tests on some beef products found low levels of horse DNA
  • But one offering from Tesco’s Value range had 29% horse meat
  • Company has lost £300m off its market value today
  • Equine DNA also found in Dunnes Stores, Lidl, Aldi beef products
  • Asda and Co-op remove frozen products as ‘precaution’
  • Today, fast food giant Burger King revealed it uses same supplier
  • However, Burger King said its meat has not been affected
  • Irish scientists discovered contaminated burgers in late November
  • But carried out three rounds of tests to ensure data was correct
  • UK Food Standards Agency launching investigation into the findings
  • PM calls scandal ‘a completely unacceptable state of affairs’
  • Suppliers in Holland and Spain blamed for contaminated ingredients
  • Three more supermarkets have started clearing shelves of frozen beefburgers after it emerged they use the same supplier that sold Tesco products containing up to 29 per cent horse meat.

    Asda, the Co-op and Sainsbury’s were not among the four retailers found to be selling contaminated food but say they have pulled some of their ranges as a ‘precautionary measure’.

    It came as it was revealed horse-tainted beefburgers could have been on the shelves for almost two months after it was first discovered they contained equine meat.

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    Dec 02

    - “Beef labelled as from Hokkaido, but the tracking code tells it’s grown in Fukushima” (Fukushima Diary, Nov 30, 2012):

    Introducing important tweets as [Express] for simultaneous updates.

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    You can’t be reassured by the label of origin. and it’s not only the origin, but also where the feed is from..
    bought beef at a supermarket in Yaita city, Tochigi. The label of origin says it’s from Hokkaido, but the tracking ID says it was in Minamisoma city from 12/25/2010 to 10/30/2011. Shouldn’t they label it as from Fukushima ?
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    Introducing important tweets as [Express] for simultaneous updates.

     

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    You can’t be reassured by the label of origin. and it’s not only the origin, but also where the feed is from..
    bought beef at a supermarket in Yaita city, Tochigi. The label of origin says it’s from Hokkaido, but the tracking ID says it was in Minamisoma city from 12/25/2010 to 10/30/2011. Shouldn’t they label it as from Fukushima ?
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    Oct 20

    See also:

    - Fukushima Exports 1st Beef In 30 Months To The U.S. (NHK)

    - America To Restart Importing Fukushima Beef

    - AND NOW: ‘New Happiness In Japan’ – ‘Let’s Eat Cesium Beef’ Event: Parents Bring Their Children Sit Down And Knowingly Eat Radioactive Beef From Iwate

    - Japan: 180,000 Students Were Eating Radioactive Beef


    - Radioactive beef over cesium limit from cow raised far outside Fukushima… As Fukushima beef shipments to US resume this week (ENENews, Oct 18, 2012):

    Title: Cesium above new limit in Miyagi beef
    Source: Jiji
    Date: Oct. 18, 2012

    Radioactive cesium levels above the government’s new limit have been found in beef from Miyagi Prefecture, the prefectural government said.

    Meat from a cow shipped by a farmer in Tome was found to contain more than 150 becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram, the Miyagi Prefectural Government said Wednesday.

    The stricter limit of 150 becquerels for beef and rice took effect Oct. 1. The previous limit was 500 becquerels per kilogram.

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    Miyagi Prefecture told the farmer not to ship any more cows until the investigation is completed, and asked nearby ranchers to suspend shipments voluntarily.

     

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    Oct 15

    - Fukushima exports 1st beef in 30 months (NHK, Oct 14, 2012):

    Cattle farmers in Fukushima Prefecture have resumed beef exports to the United States for the first time in 2 and a half years.

    Farmers celebrated the shipment of 3 cattle with a ceremony on Sunday. The leader of a local agricultural cooperative said the resumption is a tailwind for Fukushima farmers who have been suffering from the effects of the nuclear accident.

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    Oct 15

    - America to restart importing Fukushima beef (Fukushima Diary, Oct 14, 2012)

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    Mr Taylor, a retired oil rig engineer from Middlesbrough, replaced red meat and dairy products with 10 portions of raw fruit and veg each day.

    His diet included powdered grass, curry spices, apricot seeds and selenium tablets.

    He believes that having a teaspoon of powdered barley grass in hot water every morning and night was particularly crucial.

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    Aug 27

    - Food shortages could force world into vegetarianism, warn scientists (Guardian, supported by BILL & MELINDA GATES Foundation, Aug 26, 2012):

    Leading water scientists have issued one of the sternest warnings yet about global food supplies, saying that the world’s population may have to switch almost completely to a vegetarian diet over the next 40 years to avoid catastrophic shortages.

    Humans derive about 20% of their protein from animal-based products now, but this may need to drop to just 5% to feed the extra 2 billion people expected to be alive by 2050, according to research by some of the world’s leading water scientists.

    “There will not be enough water available on current croplands to produce food for the expected 9 billion population in 2050 if we follow current trends and changes towards diets common in western nations,” the report by Malik Falkenmark and colleagues at the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) said.

    “There will be just enough water if the proportion of animal-based foods is limited to 5% of total calories and considerable regional water deficits can be met by a … reliable system of food trade.”

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    Aug 23

    - Feds close Calif. slaughterhouse after abuse video (AP, Aug 21, 2012):

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Federal regulators shut down a Central California slaughterhouse Monday after receiving undercover video showing dairy cows — some unable to walk — being repeatedly shocked and shot before being slaughtered.

    Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which inspects meat facilities, suspended operations at Central Valley Meat Co. in Hanford, Calif., which slaughters cows when they lose their value as milk producers.

    The USDA received hours of videotape Friday from Compassion Over Killing, an animal welfare group, which said its undercover investigator was employed by the slaughterhouse and made the video over a two-week period in June.

    “USDA considers inhumane treatment of animals at slaughter facilities to be unacceptable and is conducting a thorough investigation into these allegations,” said Justin DeJong, spokesman for the Food Safety Inspection Service.

    Four minutes of excerpts the animal welfare group provided to The Associated Press showed cows being prepared for slaughter. One worker appears to be suffocating a cow by standing on its muzzle after a gun that injects a bolt into the animal’s head had failed to render it unconscious. In another clip, a cow is still conscious and flailing as a conveyor lifts it by one leg for transport to an area where the animals’ throats are slit for blood draining.

    “The horror caught on camera is sickening,” said Erica Meier, executive director of Compassion Over Killing, based in Washington, D.C. “It’s alarming that this is not only a USDA-inspected facility but a supplier to the USDA.”

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    Aug 18

    - NHK: US halts shipments of Japanese beef due to concerns of radioactive contamination from Fukushima disaster (VIDEO) (ENENews, Aug 17, 2012):

    Title: Japanese beef exports to US postponed
    Source: NHK WORLD English
    Date: Aug. 17, 2012

    Japan has been forced to put off resuming beef exports to the United States at the last minute, due to US concerns about effects of last year’s nuclear accident.

    Shipments were due to resume on Saturday starting with cattle processed that day.

    Japanese beef exports to the United States had been suspended for over two years after an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the southwestern prefecture of Miyazaki.

    But Japanese officials say the US side requested a halt on Thursday, saying it wanted to check how Japan is inspecting beef and managing feed to prevent radioactive contamination.


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