We Are What We Eat

Whether it's the chocolate cake that brings us bliss or the old leftovers that don't sit quite right in our stomachs, we all know the dra...

Whether it's the chocolate cake that brings us bliss or the old leftovers that don't sit quite right in our stomachs, we all know the drastic impact that food can have on the state of our minds and bodies. Luckily for us, we have a choice in what we choose to put in our bodies. Cows, pigs, chickens, and other farm animals are not as fortunate – they have to eat what is offered to them. Factory farms only care about one thing: keeping the animals alive long enough to be slaughtered. In addition, these farms are always looking for ways to keep costs down and the animals healthy, and the best way to do this is to feed animals cheaply, with low doses of antibiotics thrown in. Just last week we learned that a hog farm in Kentucky is battling porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, also known as PEDV. To protect the healthy hogs, this farm is “vaccinating” them with their own offspring. “The animals' intestines are ground up and fed, as a "smoothie" — as HSUS dubs it — back to the sows, which could be their own mothers.” In addition, a practice that is illegal in Europe but still practiced in U.S. is feeding “poultry litter” to the cows – the feces, feathers, uneaten chicken feed, and anything else that gets scooped off the floors of chicken cages and broiler houses. The uneaten pellets can contain beef protein, which can be a carrier of infected bovine protein – the dangerous culprit behind mad cow disease. If we are what we eat, then it's worth considering all of the inputs into our food, whether sunlight and water, or dead piglets and chicken litter.

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