Food Diary (January 28, 2012)
Dinner: Ribs, sausage
Baking/sweets: Chocolate fig cakeChocolates
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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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.