The Meaning of Life – Plastic?
First, a Rant; Real activists don’t eat fast food! Support the farmers! We need healthy food and breathable air not a health care band aid. Fix the problem at the source. Pink ribbon type charities are paying themselves with 92 to 96 cents of every dollar donated! Yes, only $.04 to $.08 of every dollar you donate is actually contributed to the huge expense pool of bureaucrat managed, corporate targeted medical research and… the people running these charities are making $400,000 – $600,000 + a year individually! (example: Breast Cancer Research Foundation)
What are the root causes of most cancers? Pesticides, carbon monoxide and chemicals in our food and air! Support the earth charities who are directly helping everyone, not just a select few. Hug a tree, while you still can.
Think your favorite charity is good? Prepare to be disgusted. http://www.charitynavigator.org/
There are a few, (very few) good “targeted” charities out there however, keep in mind, the only way to eliminate a recurring problem is to locate the cause, not throwing money at the effect. Support bio-diversity, forestry, geo-thermal/solar/wind energy, and Farm Aid.
Now a Story; While on a skate boarding adventure in Ohio, I sat on a bench to rest. A guy sat next to me and saw a farm aid sticker on my board. He said, “Yeah, good to see that. We just voted on a bill here to help the local farmers who are going under. It’s a shame what is happening to them. I wish we could do more to help them.” I looked at the guy and pointed out to him the fast food bag he was holding. Basically, I used far more severe words than “hypocrite” (well, I used that too) ….He wasn’t very happy with me at first but, agreed in the end. Voting is one thing but, actions do speak louder.
My Findings and Philosophy; Far more people don’t care than care. Far more say they care than those who do and actually modify their behavior to coincide. So, where does that leave us? What will it take? Even with a fact encrusted Powerpoint™ presentation to the masses, are we spinning our wheels? Are we just doing this to prove we are a drop in the bucket? Are the drops filling, evaporating or is the bucket just the wrong size, adjusted as necessary by corporate pocketed politicians? If we put a thumping bass and a cowbell on it, will everyone listen then? Are we just vindicating a purpose to bitch? If so then, why the hell are we even here? There can only be one answer, the one thing we do as a species that does nor occur in nature and is not produced by any other known life form, the reason for our whole existence, one word… plastic. Someone out there needed a buttload of plastic. Other interpretations are happily considered.
Now some Facts;
Did you know that federal aid earmarked for “farmers” only goes to huge corporate farms?
Have you ever toured a corporate operated beef plant and slaughter house?
Did you know that our health care system is in shambles due to the typical American diet?
Did you know that when you eat fast food you are part of the problem?
Did you know you can actually help and make a difference by just changing your eating habits?
Watch this video:
And this video:
Millions of Americans must change their eating habits!
After reading, visit the link at the end.
|Pope John said it best, “Capitalism Without Responsibility”
Fast Food’s Hidden Dangers
Jeffrey Zurlinden, RN, MS
Every day, about one-quarter of American adults eat at fast-food restaurants. Cheap, tasty, and convenient, fast food is loaded with saturated fat and calories, and it’s low in fiber and nutrients. Thanks in large part to fast food, half of America’s adults and one-quarter of its children are obese, double the rate of a generation ago. Even some popular chicken nuggets, which many consumers consider a healthier alternative, are flavored with beef extract and contain twice as much fat, ounce for ounce, as a hamburger.
Besides the long-term health risks of a high-fat, high-calorie diet, fast-food chains have indirectly changed the way cattle are fed, slaughtered, and processed, making meatpacking the most dangerous job in America and increasing the risk of large-scale food poisoning. In his new book, Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, Eric Schlosser describes fast food’s hidden dangers.
A Lifetime of Fast Food
Although most of the health problems related to fast food aren’t felt until middle age — obesity and diabetes are at an all-time high — the damage starts before children enter kindergarten. Hoping to shape eating habits, fast-food chains market heavily to children. About 96% of American school-aged children recognize Ronald McDonald, second only to Santa Claus. Almost every American child eats at a McDonald’s® at least once a month.
Fast food runs on cheap labor, usually supplied by teenagers. Child labor laws that restrict work schedules are often ignored at fast-food chains. Although part-time employment can teach teenagers responsibility, teenage boys who work long hours are more likely to abuse drugs and get into trouhle. They also risk getting hurt: Each year about 20,000 teenagers suffer work-related injuries, about twice the adult rate.
Meatpacking Factories: Injuries and Food Poisoning
To keep meat prices low, most slaughterhouses have moved out of big cities and into small towns. Instead of hiring skilled, unionized workers, meatpacking plants frequently recruit recent immigrants who are willing to work hard for low pay on assembly lines that turn living cattle into frozen hamburger at record speed. To keep up the pace, plant workers often abuse methamphetamine. Meatpacking has become the most hazardous occupation in the US, with three times the injury rate of factory work. Each year, at least one-third of all meatpackers are injured on the job.
Concentrating cattle into large feedlots and herding them through processing assembly lines operated by poorly trained employees increase the risk of large-scale food poisoning. Manure gets mixed with meat, contaminating it with salmonella and Escherichia coli 0157:H7. Schlosser reports a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) study that found 78.6% of ground beef contained microbes spread primarily by fecal material. Because of current processing methods, each contaminated carcass is distributed to a large number of people. The typical frozen hamburger that is used in fast-food restaurants contains meat from dozens or hundreds of cattle, multiplying the risk of food poisoning.
E. coli 0157:H7 is one of the worst forms of food poisoning. Usually spread through undercooked hamburgers, it’s difficult to treat. Although antibiotics kill the bacteria, they release a toxin that produces dreadful complications. About 4% of people infected with E. coli 0157:H7 develop hemolytic uremic syndrome, and about 5% of children who develop the syndrome die. E. coli 0157:H7 has become the leading cause of renal failure among American kids.
Meat also can become poisoned as it’s processed into hot dogs or bologna. The US Food and Drug Administration and the USDA recently warned that children under six and pregnant women should avoid hot dogs and sandwich meats unless they’re thoroughly cooked, due to the risk of Listeria monocytogenes infection. Once mixed into food, L. monocytogenes continues to multiply, despite refrigeration. Usually, it causes mild flu-like symptoms, but it can turn deadly in young children. Pregnant women are 20 times more susceptible to infection, which may lead to miscarriage or stillbirth. Each year, L. monocytogenes causes 2,500 serious illnesses and 500 deaths. As food processing is concentrated among fewer and fewer facilities, large-scale contamination becomes more likely. Last year, for example, agricultural giant Cargill recalled almost 17 million pounds of processed poultry products due to the risk of L. monocytogenes.
Jeffrey Zurlinden, RN, MS, is a Nursing Spectrum contributing writer.
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