factory farming practices
Factory farming has resulted in commercial milk containing antibiotics, manure, pus as well as hormones (see also here). The US meat supply has been found to be contaminated with industrial pollutants, staph bacteria, the superbug Clostridium difficile, MRSA (see here, here), drug residues, anabolic steroids, copper, parasites, and antibiotics. And factory farmed chicken is especially loaded with fecal residue (see here, here) as well as E. coli and arsenic. Furthermore, because of the way the animals are raised (little exercise, confinement), the meat is also high in calories and fat. Even factory farmed fish may be contaminated with industrial toxins (see also here), artificial coloring, and possibly mad cow disease prions.
See also the related blog post: Supreme Court case: meat industry sues to keep downed animals in food supply
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October 18, 2010
Drug Residues in Meat
The U.S. Inspector General cites the USDA for failing to safeguard the meat supply from drug residues.
October 15, 2010
October 14, 2010
Chicken Out of UTIs
Half of retail poultry samples were found contaminated with strains of E. coli linked to human urinary tract infections.
January 8, 2010
Hormones in Skim vs. Whole Milk
Genetic manipulation has resulted in cows lactating into the third trimester of pregnancy, leading to milk with abnormally high hormone levels.
January 1, 2010
Arsenic in Chicken
The poultry industry feeds their birds millions of pounds of arsenic-containing drugs every year.
December 14, 2009
Artificial Coloring in Fish
Canthoxanthine feed additives given to farmed fish may be linked to a condition in consumers called gold dust retinopathy.
December 11, 2009
November 12, 2009
Fecal Residues on Chicken
Researchers use laser imaging to determine the proportion of retail chicken contaminated with fecal matter.