Most omnivores, like myself, upon seeing a juicy hamburger patty sitting on a toasted bun surrounded by fresh vegetables makes your mouth water. Lately the vision is ruined unless I know from where my meat came. In the news, there has been story after story of the pink slime that McDonalds used for years. It has recently decided to discontinue in its hamburger meat. Likewise, Taco Bell and Burger King have followed suit.
Although many fast food establishments have discontinued the use of pink slime, which are ammonia-treated beef trimmings added to ground beef, this morning on ABC News it was reported that ground beef sold in our grocery stores commonly have added pink slime. Initially you might wonder “why?”
I believe that it is to enable the sale of more “meat.” Why waste anything? Instead, treat waste products with powerful ammonia in order to kill any bacteria and then use it as filler. No one will be the wiser. If it looks like ground beef, then it must be. However in the U.K. savy lawmakers outlawed this procedure, but do allow pink slime to be added only in dog food.
More news that makes my tummy turn upside down is the fact that a group of scientists in The Netherlands are in the process of making beef in test tubes. Whether you call it Test Tube Beef, Cultured Beef, or whatever name they come up with, the thought of it makes my skin crawl.
If you are tired of wondering where your beef is coming from and want to enjoy good, healthy, real beef, then contact me. We are currently working on a waiting list as our grass fed beef is not quite ready to be harvested, but we only require a $100.00 non-refundable deposit to secure your quarter, half, or whole order.
For more information on these stories, among many other articles you can read:
Scientists Working on $330,000 Test Tube Meat Burger
McDonald’s Drops Use of Gooey Ammonia-Based Pink Slime in Hamburger Meat
The photograph above comes from MSNBC and was taken by Alex Johnson.