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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Vegan, No; Organic, Yes; or, They Feed Cattle What?

The FDA will be imposing stricter cattle feed rules. While at-risk tissues – brains, spinal cords, and other parts that can carry mad cow disease – are currently banned from cattle feed, these tissues can be used in feed for other animals, including chickens, pigs, and pets. Wait, it gets worse. In 1997, the FDA began prohibiting the cattle feed industry from using ground-up cattle remains – leftovers from slaughtering operations, which were used as protein – in cattle feed. These cattle remains could still be used in feed for other animals, such as chickens. “[Chicken] feed that spills from cages mixes with chicken waste on the ground, then is swept up for use in cattle feed.” Cattle are also fed “restaurant plate waste.” This poses a BSE risk, because the BSE prions can survive a chicken’s digestive tract.

Is it not disgusting and infuriating that the people in the feed industry were feeding chicken waste to cattle? I do not consume much beef as it is, because it is generally pricey, but his causes me to want to eat only organic beef, which is even pricier. We do eat the Laura’s Lean Beef, but only the ground round is available. What is wrong with allowing cattle to graze on grass for their entire lives? By foregoing fattening up the cattle in feed lots, the greedy cattle ranchers would not be able to make as much money.

I once held a position as a server in a Greek restaurant for a few months. A couple on whom I waited on one occasion were vegans. Some people may practice veganism because of a sincere desire to avoid harming animals or to make a statement about consumption, but I would advance that most vegans just want attention. If one is a vegan, why would he or she bother dining out in a restaurant? Who knows what restaurant chefs and cooks put in the food? Restaurant kitchens rely heavily on butter. Do you think that marinara is low-fat? It probably has several pounds of butter, to cut the acidity of the tomatoes. These vegans on whom I waited ordered briami, a Greek vegetable casserole. It had Parmesan cheese in it. They inquired whether there were any vegan-friendly desserts. Galaktaboureko, a custard baked in phyllo, was out of the question. Cheesecake and rice pudding were obviously not suitable for vegans. Even baklava has honey and butter in it. It is a good thing that those vegans are not contributing to the suffering of those poor honey bees.


  • I think it's sick that we feed any animal parts to herbivores. Very unnatural. When I think about this, it makes me think I should be vegetarian again, but, well, I like meat. Sorry.

    And vegans are totally annoying. I've met a few cool vegans, but most of them are so high maintenance and uptight that it's absurd. And forget about eating out with them. They should know to only go to vegan-friendly restaurants, or just not ask. What they don't know won't hurt them. Seriously.

    By Blogger!, at 10:41 PM, September 24, 2005  

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