6 Uglier reasons to stop or reduce eating pork.
It hit the media big when the World Health Organization (WHO) released studies that processed meat causes Cancer. The ‘what causes cancer’ debate will continue for quite a while. In the mean time let us consider many more conditions that currently exist relating to pork consumption.
When USDA reports came out stating pork consumption rated third behind beef and chicken the marketing specialists boomed with the bacon fad. The bacon frenzy changed bacon for breakfast to bacon for breakfast, snack, lunch, appetizers, dinner, cocktails (bacon martinis) and dessert (chocolate covered bacon). Pork demand leapt and suppliers scrambled to fill it at any cost. When is the cost too much?
Read through below to see 6 reasons (other than cancer) to reconsider pork. Share what you think.
1. Pork is often unsafe to eat
Forget about cancer. With line speeds — the number of hogs killed per hour — getting faster and faster, food safety advocates warn that the quality of meat is at risk. …. pork products are likely to contain “fecal contamination, urine, bile, hair, intestinal contents, diseased animals, toenails — you name it.” Cutbacks in government inspections have left consumers exposed to all kinds of health risks.
2. Workers in the industry are treated terribly
Meat plants are among the most dangerous places to work, with constant pressure to keep the lines moving, causing extremely stressful conditions. … one of the most disturbing hazards … workers inhaling aerosolized pig brain tissue. …, one plant experienced an “epidemic of neuropathy” among about two dozen employees, including several who sustained permanent brain, spine and nerve damage.
3. The pigs are treated even worse
During pregnancy, sows are trapped in gestation crates, which, at just 2 feet wide, are not big enough for them to turn around in or engage in any natural behaviors. …. disturbing video of workers slamming piglets headfirst into the ground, leaving them to suffer and die slowly, among other atrocities too difficult to watch.
* See for yourself “If Slaughterhouses Had Glass Walls …” with Paul McCartney (Warning: graphic)
4. Pork is full of antibiotics
Pork production is notorious for its overuse of antibiotics, …. pig farming is the worst offender by far, using four times as much antibiotic per pound of meat as cattle ranching and significantly more than chicken production.
5. A handful of large meat conglomerates control global production
The meat industry is extremely consolidated, concentrating political and economic power, … the world’s largest meat processor, JBS, announced plans to purchase Cargill’s pork business … makes the Brazilian meat giant second only to Smithfield Foods in pork production, pushing Tyson into third place. In 2013, Smithfield was purchased by a Chinese company …, raising safety concerns, given China’s poor food safety record. ….
6. Pork production is an environmental disaster
Hopefully you don’t live downwind from one of the many pig factories across the U.S., which are likely to get even bigger. Already, at least 25 nuisance lawsuits have been filed against Smithfield Foods in North Carolina, where manure lagoons are causing mayhem. … to empty it out, “the foul-smelling sludge is sprayed on adjacent fields — creating a fine mist of feces, urine and water that neighbors complain blows onto their properties and homes.”….
* Also view “Drones Expose Hazardous Cesspools”
If you eat industrially produced pork, you are supporting a dirty, cruel and corrupt business, whether or not you are also increasing your cancer risk.
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