– We abstain from the consumption of animal meat as well as animal byproducts to preserve our health, environment and the lives of all land, air and sea dwelling animals.
– We are well developed as a global community (through the advances in agriculture) to sustain the planet’s occupants without animal farming for human consumption.
– We’ve learned that increases in animal farming pose substantial environmental risks of air quality (pollutants) and exposes humans to contaminants (pathogens) that affect populous mortality rates by illness and disease.
– We know inhumane practice of farming livestock occurs more than what is reported. Abuse and neglect are not the only violations of animal husbandry. Livestock are exposed to unnatural methods of reproduction (artificial assimilation); therefore, industrializing them through chemical manipulation to produce more milk than normal production. Hormonally induced cows has become a standard practice. Since 1993, FDA approved synthetic hormones (rBGH or BST) to accelerate growth of cows and milk production. After years of studies and tests, the Journal of Clinical Oncology reported in 1999, these hormones, along with IGF-1, have been link to the cause of prostate, breast and colon cancer. Additional tests have shown that since humans are the primary consumer of hormonally treated animals, these hormones affect human growth.
– We acknowledge mass production farming satisfies manufacturing supply & consumer demand. Product quantity is priority over quality.
– We know the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) do not have enough personelle to inspect farms for faulty practice, violations and meat contamination. This organizations along with (FDA, WHO) hardly schedule to investigate, cite and fine farmers for illegal/inhumane practices (especially government subsidized farms.)
– We’ve uncovered, due to profit margins, farmers and food manufacturing plants, tamper with food products. They create and introduce synthetic agents (preservatives) to food (proven to be carcinogenic) to protect unit sales and increase shelf life.
– We know government (for the sake of investors share gains) will do what it takes to protect BigAgri at the expense of consumer health. New products or agents are usually pushed to be approved without proper testing.
– We’ve learned food toxins will eventually assist BigPharma in boosting pharmaceutical companies to address an increasing sick (poisoned) population with synthetic drugs that do not cure food related illness/disease.
– We exercise and practice compassion for animals in all aspects of life, whether wild or domestic (pets) and protect their right to live, produce and roam on our planet without the threat of slaughter for consumption, manufacturing of marketable goods or recreation.
Synthetic Chemicals in Animal Meats: (Just to name a few.)
– Zerenol & Trenbolone (hormone used in cattle and sheep)
– Nitrates used to cure meat (make it appear pink or red) can be converted to nitrosamines which are carcinogenic, major cause or colorectal cancer.
– Chlorine Baths (chicken)
– Chlorine gas (beef primal)
– Anhydrous Ammonia (* used in chicken and beef, believed to be stopped in 2014 but not regulated.)
– Carbon Monoxide (used to color meat a natural red)
-Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Proprionate and Benzoic Acid
– Ractopamine (an asthma type drug used to make pigs and poultry grow faster)
– Sulphites (food color)
– Thrombine (meat glue)
– Antibiotic resistant bacteria
– Follow link for additional synthetics:
Food Additives: (meat and poultry)
The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) defines a food additive as: “…any substance that—directly or indirectly—becomes a component or otherwise affects the characteristics of any food. This definition includes any substance used in the production, processing, treatment, packaging, transportation or storage of food.”
From the moment cattle, swine, poultry or any other livestock is slaughtered, the decomposition process begins. The livestock is a dead carcass. A number of chemical agents are used to reduce the decomposition process/rate. The animal is processed (butchered) then sent to buyers. Buyers preps and package food to be sold in markets. The length this takes exposes meat to airborne contamination. Chemicals used to treat the animals from bacteria are likely carcinogenic; defeating the purpose of a healthy food source.
* Consuming red meat INCREASES the cause of: Alzheimer’s Disease, Cardiovascular Disease, Colon Cancer, Type 2 Diabetes, Mad Cow Disease, Stroke, Disease of: Kidneys, Respiratory Tract, and Liver.
– A 2012 study has shown 69% of U.S. pork tested positive for one of 4 major food bacterial contaminants. (Listeria, Staph, Salmonella, enterococcus, Yersinia enterococcus.)
Trichinosis is popular contaminant in undercooked pork when Trichinella cysts are present or infecting the meat.
Other diseases: (also found in poultry)
Case where a poultry plant worker died from chemicals used to process/treat chicken.
– Campylobacter, Clostridium perfringens and Salmonella can be caused by raw or uncooked poultry.
THE PROBLEM WITH PROCESSED MEAT
“Processed meat refers to meat that has been transformed through salting, curing, fermentation, smoking, or other processes to enhance flavor or improve preservation. Most processed meats contain pork or beef, but processed meats may also contain other red meats, poultry, offal, or meat by-products such as blood. Examples of processed meat include hot dogs (frankfurters), ham, sausages, corned beef, and biltong or beef jerky as well as canned meat and meat-based preparations and sauces.”
– World Health Organization
Processed meats are:
1. High in sugar and HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) 2. Engineered for overconsumption. 3. Contain artificial ingredients (preservatives, colorants, flavor, texturants) 4. Addictive (chemicals mimicking dopamine put in foods to cause the brain to feel good after consumption)
PROBLEMS WITH ANIMAL BYPRODUCTS
Why Not Eggs?
– An egg is exactly what it is, a chicken’s sex cell, an ova. Fact! Consuming an egg is ingesting the menstrual cycle of a fowl/bird.
– People eat both fertilized and unfertilized eggs (that have not undergone embryonic change due to refrigeration.) Only a trained eye can tell whether the egg is fertilized or not.
– Melamine contamination is found in eggs due to an ingredient in chicken feed.
– Chicken feed tampering directly affects eggs
– Reducing risk by eating cage free vs. battery caged doesn’t change what an egg is. Cage free doesn’t mean cruelty free.
Why Not Cow (Animal) Milk
– Human being are the only animal that willfully chooses to feed off another animals milk.
– High levels of exposure to veterinarian antimicrobial drugs, hormones, pesticides and anthelminthitic drugs are eventually consumed by humans.
(Antibiotics, Steroids, Bovine Growth Hormones, Parasiticides, Pesticides and Insecticides, Heavy Metals, and presence of Mycotoxins)
Great deal of cows develop mastitis from milk production. Milk contains somatic cells, (the inflammatory immune cells that form puss.) U.S. allows 1 million somatic cells per teaspoon of milk.
This includes: Cheese, Butter and all other dairy products.
Why Not Seafood
– Crabs, Lobster, Oysters, Clams, Scallops (classified bottom feeders)
– Mercury content
– PCB’s in ocean waters from chemical dumping.
– Farmed fish (salmon)contain high levels of PCB’s, given they’re fed the flesh of other wild caught fish.
– Dyes used to color fish are carcinogenic.
As of 2010, the FDA is currently reviewing the approval of AquaAdvantage Atlantic salmon eggs (that contain a gene from the Chinook salmon) to enable salmon to grow to market size in half the time.
Livestock cloning was introduced as early as 1998.
*Jan 1, 2008, FDA approves milk and meat (cattle, swine or goat) from the offspring of animal clones poses no safety or health risks in human consumption.
*Sept 2008, 20 US based food manufacturers vowed to NOT use animal clones in their products because of health risks discovered by an independent testing agency. After an independent study, Washington D.C. based, Center for Food Safety cited animal welfare issues from cloned animal and that severe health problems ranging from deformities and disease directly impacts US food industry.
*FDA rules food manufacturers do not have to label products that came from clones.
*US companies that use animal clones are: US are Cyagra, based in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, and ViaGen, in Austin, Texas.
An ever growing food industry and consumer market, calls for a greater demand of accountability on government agencies regulating food industry practices. Both agriculture and agri-business are multi billion dollar industries, were profitable farmers and businesses alike seek an increase on annual returns. Food related illness and diseases increased with livestock production. If advances in farm production cause for healthier products then why have deaths from food related illness soared?
Farmers are clearly emphasizing quantity and disregard quality. Putting consumers at risk to secure these profits remain an ongoing concern. Reducing risk of meat contaminants with the treatment of carcinogenic agents purely defeats the purpose.
Farmers and manufacturers alike are not addressing the need of food quality and safety when medical journals show a gross, sharp decline in consumer health.
Reconsidering consumption of all animal and animal byproducts is a step toward improving our health and preserving our environment. We are not against the technical and safe biochemical advances of food production that in itself can be of great service to the food industry. When proper research, tests and evidence shows risk regarding food safety, a morally conscious effort must be made to protect consumers. When these practices are not followed (because of greed and profit) the result trends toward an ever growing population susceptible to illness and disease.
We must do better now before it becomes mandatory later.