The last two articles of this two-week old series on meat discussed the rampant use of drugs with livestock, both antibiotics and steroids.
It is not a good thing for your health when you eat meat laden with these drugs. Nor will it help you in your quest to live a Low Density Lifestyle.
Another detrimental thing about eating meat to consider is the conditions livestock live in on feeding lots, as these conditions can affect both personal and public health.
One case in point is the swine flu. Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last year, or been out in space exploring the peripheral ends of the universe, you’ve been inundated with news and information about the swine flu.
Yet things may not be as they seem, or at least as reported by the media.
In the above video interview, noted journalist, best-selling author, and food industry critic Michael Pollan discusses the origins of the swine flu, saying that the genesis of it is from industrial pork operations, where pigs live in tight and unsanitary confined quarters, which creates a perfect environment for the swine flu to incubate.
As Pollan points out in the above interview, “we’ve created these petri dishes for these new diseases.”
Unfortunately, as Michael Pollan states, as pressure has built on American agricultural concerns to be more regulated, these companies have moved major parts of their operations to Mexico in order to get past regulations.
Pig farms are “pretty hellish places,” Pollan states, and because the pigs are kept too close together their tails have to be snipped off in order that pigs don’t scratch and bite off other pig’s tails.
Pollan also talks about sugar and high fructose corn syrup, and how companies are saying their foods are healthy if it contains sugar and not corn syrup.
Sugar and high fructose corn syrup is something I discussed on the website a few months ago. You can also read about how companies are promoting sugar as the natural choice with the article “And so now guess who is being hyped as the natural choice.”