Friday, December 27, 2013

Bone Broth. We Feed Cows Chicken Poop, Rotten Potatoes And Newspapers! Ractopamine. Splenda And Neotame Hazards. Montgomery Ward.


For "Foodie Friday":

Now that you have had all the left-overs from your holiday meal that you can take, how about some……

Bone Broth—One of Your Most Healing Diet Staples

"According to an old South American proverb, "good broth will resurrect the dead." While that’s undoubtedly an exaggeration, it speaks to the value placed on this wholesome food, going back through the annals of time.

The featured article by Dr. Amy Myers1* lists 10 health benefits of bone broth. Sally Fallon with the Weston A. Price Foundation2* has previously published information about this healing food as well.

image Bone broth contains valuable minerals in a form your body can easily absorb and use, including calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulfur chondroitin, glucosamine, and a variety of trace minerals.

The gelatin found in bone broth is a hydrophilic colloid. It attracts and holds liquids, including digestive juices, thereby supporting proper digestion.

Bone broth also inhibits infection caused by cold and flu viruses, for example, and fights inflammation, courtesy of anti-inflammatory amino acids such as arginine.

Making your own bone broth is very cost effective, as you can make use of left over carcass bones that would otherwise be thrown away. And making your own broth is quite easy."



More at:

Another recipe:


We Feed Cows Chicken Poop.

They’re Feeding WHAT to Cows?

image "'Poultry litter' is exactly what it sounds like: the filthy stuff scraped off the floor of a chicken coop. Feeding it to cattle (yes, that happens) risks the spread of mad cow disease—yet the FDA has done nothing to stop it.

Anyone who pays even scant attention to where our food comes from is likely aware that some pretty unsavory things happen between the farm and your fork (see this month’s big story in Rolling Stone, for example). But some of these farming methods are more than just unappetizing: they could be deadly. One practice in particular could allow for the spread of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE, the gruesome and fatal neurodegenerative disorder more commonly known as mad cow disease.

The practice in question is feeding what’s known as "poultry litter" to farmed cattle. Poultry litter is the agriculture industry’s term for the detritus that gets scooped off the floors of chicken cages and broiler houses. It’s mainly a combination of feces, feathers, and uneaten chicken feed, but in addition, a typical sample of poultry litter might also contain antibiotics, heavy metals, disease-causing bacteria, and even bits of dead rodents, according to Consumers Union (the policy and action arm of the nonprofit that publishes Consumer Reports). 

Aside from the fact that we’re feeding our cows chicken crap, this practice is worrisome because both the excrement and uneaten pellets of chicken chow found in poultry litter can contain beef protein, including ground-up meat and bone meal. Which means—if you can follow the gruesome flow chart here—that cows could be, indirectly, eating each other.

As the US Department of Agriculture has made quite clear, cows really, really shouldn’t be doing that. Meat and bone meal containing infected bovine protein, the USDA says, is the chief culprit behind the spread of mad cow disease. (The closely related illness in humans is called variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.)" 

A lot more at:  This story originally appeared on


 5 Surprising Things We Feed Cows

Sawdust, Candy, wrapper and all, Chicken shit, Ground limestone, Crab guts!


And another list of factory-farmed cow's diet here:

Chicken Poop and Cookies: Food for Cows?

"For those of you wondering what chicken litter is, it is basically straw or wood shavings  and chicken poop that is scooped up off the floor of the chicken coop while cleaning it. Yum.

I had some skepticism when I first read that cows were fed old chicken house bedding that contained chicken manure, because it seemed so crazy to me, but after a little research into “feedstuffs” for cattle, there were all kinds of unsavory things that cows are fed. Here is an incomplete list of the things that I discovered on various university extension and cattle industry websites:

  • Shredded newspapers soaked in molasses
  • Blood meal (dried blood from slaughter house waste)
  • Animal byproducts: fish meal, meat and bone meal, poultry by-product meal, etc. (slaughter house waste – wait, isn’t this what caused mad cow disease??)
  • Hydrolyzed Feather Meal (AKA chicken feathers – also slaughterhouse waste – this REALLY eliminates the humor in those chic-fil-a commercials)
  • Stale candy: gummy bears, gummy worms, m&ms, etc.
  • Pasta (old surplus pasta)
  • Surplus french fries and potato chips
  • Cannery waste (waste from canning factories where canned vegetables etc are processed)
  • Stale bakery goods: breads, donuts, pastries, etc.
  • Soy cakes (left over after making soy sauce)
  • Brewery waste: spent grains from making beer (this is what caused the problems that led lawmakers to decide that milk needed to be pasteurized after milk from cows that were fed brewery waste sickened and killed hundreds of people.)
  • Rotten potatoes that never made it to grocery store shelves. (This only after potatoes useable for making frozen french fries are separated out. My father used to work at a factory that made frozen french fries, and the place smelled like a sewer. The potatoes used for fries were rotten, but not completely mush yet. They would soak them in a solution to harden them again, then bleach them, then cut them into fries and flash freeze them. The potatoes that couldn’t even survive this process are sold as animal feed.)
  • Soy hulls (a byproduct from the soybean milling process)
  • Corn, cottonseed, soy, peanut, and other ‘meals’ (leftover from making oils)
  • Cotton gin trash (leftover from harvesting and milling cotton)
  • Peanut shells
  • Grain middling's (left over from milling flour)
  • Citrus pulp (leftover after making orange or grapefruit juice)
  • Cane byproducts (leftover after making sugar)
  • Beet pulp (from sugar beets in sugar production)
  • *Sweetos a cheaper substitute for molasses. Sweetos guarantees the masking of unpleasant tastes and odor and improves the palatability of feed according to Monsanto spokesperson (so that cows will eat all of the unnatural feedstuffs that they are being given)

(See this list of cattle ‘feedstuffs’ from the University of Wisconsin)image

Which of these cattle would you prefer as your food source?

If we are what we eat, (and so are our cows) what have you eaten today?" From:

*Neotame is the generic name for Sweetos:


Ractopamine: The Meat Additive on Your Plate That’s Banned Almost Everywhere But America.

October 31st, 2013

[Note:  Don't panic, go organic!  This additive is not allowed in organic foods.]

"The asthma drug-like growth additive has enjoyed stealth use in the US food supply for a decade despite being widely banned overseas.

Are you sure you want a bite?

Have you ever heard of ractopamine? Neither have most US food consumers though it is  used in 80 percent of US pig and cattle operations. The asthma drug-like growth additive, called a beta-agonist, has enjoyed stealth use in the US food supply for a decade despite being widely banned overseas. It is marketed as Paylean for pigs, Optaflexx for cattle and Topmax for turkeys.

Certainly the ractopamine label puts no one at ease, says the label for the turkey feed.

"WARNING: The active ingredient in Topmax, ractopamine hydrochloride, is a beta-adrenergic agonist. Individuals with cardiovascular disease should exercise special caution to avoid exposure.  Not for use in humans. Keep out of the reach of children. The Topmax 9 formulation (Type A Medicated Article) poses a low dust potential under usual conditions of handling and mixing. When mixing and handling Topmax, use protective clothing, impervious gloves, protective eye wear, and a NIOSH-approved dust mask. Operators should wash thoroughly with soap and water after handling. If accidental eye contact occurs, immediately rinse eyes thoroughly with water. If irritation persists, seek medical attention. The material safety data sheet contains more detailed occupational safety information. To report adverse effects, access medical information, or obtain additional product information, call 1-800-428-4441."   This is used in food production?

Complete article at: AlterNet By Martha Rosenberg


From Me:  And people wonder why they are sick!  More reason to eat only organic pasture-fed beef and poultry.


Health Hazards Associated with Splenda Consumption

image "Splenda is found in tens of thousands of processed food products sold in 90 different countries, many of which are specifically marketed to those seeking to either lose weight or manage their diabetes.

Mounting research, however, shows that not only does it tend to worsen both of those problems, but it’s also associated with an array of other troublesome side effects.

The web site lists a variety of consumer complaints from Splenda consumption, many of which mimic other health conditions. Some of the most commonly reported adverse effects include:

  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Seizures, dizziness, and migraines
  • Blurred vision
  • Allergic reactions
  • Blood sugar increases and weight gain

image But that’s not all. Now, an in-depth scientific review of sucralose (Splenda) published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health reveals an extensive list of safety concerns, including toxicity, DNA damage, and heightened carcinogenic potential when used in cooking."  More at:


On This Day:

FDR seizes control of Montgomery Ward, Dec 27, 1944:

"On this day in 1944, as World War II dragged on, President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders his secretary of war to seize properties belonging to the Montgomery Ward company because the company refused to comply with a labor agreement.

In an effort to avert strikes in critical war-support industries, Roosevelt created the National War Labor Board in 1942. The board negotiated settlements between management and workers to avoid shut-downs in production that might cripple the war effort. During the war, the well-known retailer and manufacturer Montgomery Ward had supplied the Allies with everything from tractors to auto parts to workmen's clothing--items deemed as important to the war effort as bullets and ships.

However, Montgomery Ward Chairman Sewell Avery refused to comply with the terms of three different collective bargaining agreements with the United Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union hammered out between 1943 and 1944. In April 1944, after Sewell refused a second board order, Roosevelt called out the Army National Guard to seize the company's main plant in Chicago. Sewell himself had to be carried out of his office by National Guard troops.

By December of that year, Roosevelt was fed up with Sewell's obstinacy and disrespect for the government's authority. (The uber-capitalist Sewell's favorite insult was to call someone a "New Dealer"--a direct reference to Roosevelt's Depression-era policies.) On December 27, Roosevelt ordered the secretary of war to seize Montgomery Ward's plants and facilities in New York, Michigan, California, Illinois, Colorado and Oregon.

In his announcement that day, Roosevelt emphasized that the government would "not tolerate any interference with war production in this critical hour." He issued a stern warning to labor unions and industry management alike: "strikes in wartime cannot be condoned, whether they are strikes by workers against their employers or strikes by employers against their Government." Sewell took the fight to federal court, but lost.

For much of the 20th century, Montgomery Ward, founded in 1872, reigned as one of the country's largest department store and mail-order retail chains. Heavy competition from Wal-Mart, Target and similar discount stores forced the company to close all of its stores in 2000, though it retains a catalog and internet presence."



Just as I was feeding the animals their breakfasts, Ray came over wanting to help me with something, anything.  That surprised me as he is still hurting from his accident.  Shay's sister has been staying with them for over a week now, and Ray just wanted to get out of his house rather than listen to them constantly arguing.

The pine needles have been settling on blind Misty's pathway to the back yard which makes it difficult for her to find her way to the stone walkway. So Ray blew them out of there with the blower.  That led to both of us raking and blowing the whole front yard.  The red maple had dropped all it's leaves, too. As there was no wind, we lit the burn pile, and kept on loading more pine needles and leaves on it.  Then we moved into the back yard and raked up all of the pine needles back there, too.   We got our exercise for the day.  

Then we came in here as Ray wanted to watch the two videos that tell about the customs when Jesus was born.

More about the living conditions in those days:

Ray found them very interesting, and said that they bring up some facts which are not generally known.  What did you think? These are the ones that I posted on Christmas day.

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