There are two main producers of the slime: Cargill Meat Solutions and Beef Products, Incorporated (BPI). Cargill uses an antimicrobial treatment to destroy pathogens such as E. coli and salmonella. BPI adds ammonium hydroxide to treat its products and that seems to be what the public is concerned about. According to BPI’s website, a “puff” of ammonia is sprayed on the filler line prior to packaging.
Consumers are saying labels on ground beef products should indicate the use of ammonia as an ingredient. Some go as far as claiming the term “100 percent ground beef” is false advertising. Bad argument, since it all comes from the cow. But if you pay any attention to the recent Harvard School of Public Health study, we shouldn’t be eating red meat at all. Especially processed red meat.
Frank Hu, the study’s author, said, “Both processed and unprocessed red meat were associated with substantially increased risk of mortality and clearly the risk associated with processed red meat is much higher than that for unprocessed red meat.”
This is no short-term study based on the findings of a few hundred people. The study tracked 120,000 Americans using information gathered from nurses and other health professionals for almost 28 years. Using data from studies of living habits and the diet of nurses and other health care professionals, a daily serving of unprocessed red meat, such as steak or hamburger, raises the risk of premature death by 13 percent. However, by eating one daily serving of processed meat, such as two slices of bacon or sausage, the risk for premature death increases to 20 percent. Eating red meat every day also increases the risk of death from cancer and cardiovascular disease.
There is a glimmer of hope for carnivorous. Substituting fish, poultry and whole grains for red meat could reduce the risk of premature death and would contribute to a much healthier quality of life. But why eat meat at all?
No wonder the consumption of meat is killing us. It is my belief that god created man to be an herbivore and vegetarian, not a carnivore. Mad Cow Disease is a good example of what happens when vegetarians eat animals. According to British research, the disease was caused and spread by cattle, which are herbivores, being fed the remains of other cattle and other slaughtered animals in the forms of meat and bone meal.
You can always tell which politicians eat pink slime. Democrats on the extreme left spread their smear campaigns on the face of anyone who opposes their attempts to completely socialize our nation. Fanatic-right minded Republicans brush the gooey stuff on the political canvas of centrist common sense.
Independents try to examine the whole political picture, develop a taste for slime and look beyond the mud-slinging of both sides to identify a true moderate Democrat or Republican.
Cargill and BPI could simplify that process of identification by re-labeling and changing the color code for its slimy meat: Red slime would identify Republicans who want to protect the wealthy at the expense of the poor. Blue slime would represent Democrats who want to “give away the farm” on some entitlement program enabling them to generate more votes for themselves. Independent voters would be left with Pink slime, sort of a neutral color between the extremes of both parties.
But either way, you can always identify a politician. After all, politicians are what they eat and they all smear rhetorical slime everywhere they go.
David Farside is a Sparks resident and political activist. The polemics of his articles can be discussed at firstname.lastname@example.org.