Sunday, January 29, 2012

Antoinette

Ribs
Food Diary (January 28, 2012)
Breakfast: missed  
Lunch: Sandwiches
Dinner: Ribs, sausage
Baking/sweets:  Chocolate fig cake, Chocolates

My dinner was a bit of a meat fest, no carbs, no greens, only meat. The picture looks really sad but the ribs tasted divine. I rarely eat ribs, it takes bit of effort for so little meat.  But its worth it if you have the time and patience, and lots of napkins.


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Source: masak-masak
Antoinette

Today’s Favourite Blog
Source: Forbes
The Supreme Court recently blocked a California law that would require slaughterhouses to immediately euthanize animals too sick to walk. This in effect means Americans can eat sick animals such as pigs and cows.

The article mentions a feed additive called “ractopamine hydrochloride” which is fed to 60 percent to 80 percent of pigs in the United States. This feed has sickened or killed more animals than any other livestock drug on the market. The drug speeds up the pigs’ hearts in a way that causes them to lose fat. Pigs fed with this drug in their last weeks of life produce an average of 10 percent more meat, or a profit of $2 more per pig. 

“While the Department of Agriculture has found traces of ractopamine in American beef and pork, they have not exceeded levels the FDA has determined are safe.” Whats most interesting is that China, which seems to have a questionable reputation regarding food safety, has zero tolerance for ractopamine. The drug is banned in China, just like it is banned in the EU. 

On the positive note, if there is any, continued usage probably reduces wastage, and consumers won’t notice the difference in taste anyway.

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15 comments:

  1. Oh, my. That makes me re-think my decision to eating meat. A drug that's banned in China and the EU is okay here? Hmm...

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    1. That was interesting reading its banned in China/EU

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  2. Hmmm ... I wonder if the residual drug might have a weight/fat loss effect on humans? They might be on to something here ..... eewww ... forget I said that. All that actually sounds quite terrible.

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    1. Good to see you thinking outside the box:)
      "The drug has been tried on humans in only one study, involving six healthy men, one of whom had to be removed because his heart was “pounding abnormally" Don't know if he lost/gained weight. With a heart pound and stress about survival, maybe he lost weight, or went on an eating/drinking binge and gained weight

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  3. That ribs looks so finger licking good!

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  4. I don't know if I could have a meal without vegetables, I love them and I don't feel quite healthy enough unless I have them.

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  5. Unfortunately, that doesn't surprise me. Giant food corporations have much to much political power in the United States for any true policing to happen.

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    1. Too much power but hopefully that will start to change soon

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  6. For me these ribs look fantastic, but I know what you mean by "sad". Have you seen my sticky ribs braised in soy sauce? A friend told me they looked scary ;-) I suppose only us, who know what sticky ribs taste like, see them as appealing :-) By the way, it's funny, but I often have ribs without any vegetable or carb. Just the pure, heavenly taste.
    The article is one more confirming that the US authorities don't care for their citizens' health (not to mention animals' suffering) only for the money and/or power they probably get from the cruel farmers' lobby.

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    1. Yes I have seen them, they don't look scary to me. I think I will eat ribs more often, they are delicious
      Thats a sad article, no wonder we don't see US pork in Europe

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  7. Love ribs, agree about napkins! The Antoinette looks grand but it's sad to hear what animals are being put through for a measly little profit, that's why I try to buy organic most of the time.

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