What PETA got right: meat and your health

Factory farming hurts consumers

Factory farming hurts consumers

Is meat killing us?

What’s up everybody?  Today I’ve got some important but disturbing stuff on the health issues involved with commercially farmed meat.  There’s a lot of details, bear with me.

Can you get health from a dying animal?  Commercially farmed animals are unhealthy. This comes from the combination of two things; unnatural diet and poor living conditions.

Other animals have similar problems, but let’s look at the disgusting garbage cows eat.  This includes genetically modified grains unfit for human consumption because they’re full of toxins, cement dust, and, according to one source, plastic chips.  Such indigestible toxins are stored in the fat, making the cows heavier and thus more valuable. And, duh, full of toxins. Cattle cannibalism also takes place; this can cause the spread of mad cow or other diseases.

The staple food for cows, though, is corn.  Corn is unhealthy for cows. Cows should eat grass; they have a complicated digestion system designed to ferment and digest grass. Grass keeps the stomach pH neutral. Instead, they are forced to eat corn, which is unnatural and throws off the pH balance. Corn fattens them up much more quickly, but is not a suitable food for cows.

Poor health is also caused by the conditions that commercial farm animals live in. Try picture this; these animals are often in such horribly crowded conditions that many chickens can’t open their wings and many cows and pigs are unable to turn around.  They can’t go outside, graze, or hang out with other animals like they’re meant to. There’s no fresh air or exercise. These animals often wallow in feces all day in a factory with a concrete floor. Every year 100,000 cows are so sick they can’t even walk off the transport trucks, but are slaughtered anyway and make their way onto American dinner plates. Watch disturbing footage of all this in PETA’s Meet Your Meat.

Why do you hear about meat recalls because of E. Coli or other diseases?  This is caused by a combination of standing in excrement all day and having an improper pH balance, caused by corn.

Again, commercially farmed animals are not healthy.  They are so sick from the diet and living conditions that that they need to be injected with antibiotics just to be kept alive.  Let’s be clear on this; you’re eating meat from animals that are in such poor health they need to be fed antibiotics their whole life. This causes humans, in turn, to ingest these antibiotics.  If you eat meat, you are constantly taking in these drugs.  Frighteningly, this has led to a rapid increase in antibiotic resistant bacteria.  Details here.

In addition to antibiotics, they are also injected with growth hormones.  Growth hormones can cause such unnaturally fast growth that animals like chickens and cows become lame.  Their bodies simply become too heavy for their legs.  Worryingly, these hormones are also ingested by humans when they eat commercially farmed meat.  This “can disrupt human hormone balance, causing developmental problems, interfering with the reproductive system, and even leading to the development of breast, prostate or colon cancer.”

If animals aren’t getting the nutrition they need, and are in conditions that make them sick all the time, how are they supposed to be nutritious for humans?

Other farming methods are available and should be supported.  You should consider eating grass fed beef, free range poultry, and other meats from organic farms like these or better yet from your local farmer’s market. Meats from good farms will contain tons of nutrients, enzymes, omega 3 fatty acids, and all sorts of other things that will make you healthy.  I’ll discuss these in later posts. They will contain no toxins, antibiotics, growth hormones, or steroids.

What should you do about your diet generally? Don’t go out like John Wayne, who had 40 pounds of impacted feces in his colon when he died.

You don’t need to stop eating meat.  But don’t eat so much meat, and do eat more nuts and vegetables.  Without fiber, those slow moving meats can hang out in your intestines for a few days and fester, rot, and generally muck up the place.

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3 responses to “What PETA got right: meat and your health

  1. Pingback: Where’s your money going? « Food Kills

  2. This is a great post! For more information about eating healthy meat and keeping your body from suffering the health damages from eating inhumanely raised, factory-farmed meat, visit Agriculture Society (http://agriculturesociety.wordpress.com/2008/01/30/whats-the-problem-with-meat/) for more articles regarding truly sustainable living.

    -Raine Saunders

  3. Those are good info in your blog.

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