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Monday, March 24, 2008

Do you really know what you’re eating?

Union of Concerned Scientists
Do you really know what you’re eating?

1. With approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, biotech companies are planting fields of corn, rice, and other food crops genetically engineered to grow drugs and other chemicals. The risk of contamination to the food supply from these so-called "pharma crops" is minimal.

False. Pharma crops can get into the food supply when their seeds are inadvertently mixed with seeds of food crops during planting, growing, harvesting, transporting, and processing. Or when the crops cross-pollinate with food crops. The ease of contamination was shown in 2002 when one biotech company allowed corn plants engineered to produce a veterinary drug to grow in a Nebraska soybean field. The harvest contaminated a grain elevator, and 500,000 bushels of tainted soybeans had to be destroyed.

2. An estimated 70 percent of all antibiotics and related drugs used in the United States are added to the food and water of livestock and poultry that aren't sick. That's almost 25 million pounds of antibiotics or nearly eight times the amount used for treating humans.

True. This practice by CAFOs (Confined Animal Feeding Operations) has serious consequences for human health. Bacteria that are constantly exposed to antibiotics develop antibiotic resistance. This means when humans get sick from resistant bacteria, the antibiotics prescribed by doctors don't work. A UCS study produced the first widely cited estimate of the vast quantities of these drugs being used in food animals for non-therapeutic purposes. Now, we're championing legislation in Congress to curb the agricultural use of drugs that are important to human health.

3. The use of overcrowded, unsanitary CAFOs (Confined Animal Feeding Operations) is a necessary evil of an American food system designed to produce enough food to feed the whole population.

False. Meat and dairy farmers are successfully shifting away from massive, overcrowded CAFOs (Confined Animal Feeding Operations) that create pollution and public health problems. Smart pasture operations are a modern alternative, taking advantage of low-cost grasses on well-managed pastures to maximize productivity and reduce farm pollution.

4. According to a ruling by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), meat from animals that are fed large quantities of corn and other grains can still qualify for a "grass fed" label.

False. Thanks to the actions of UCS, our supporters, and allies, the USDA rule stipulates that meat labeled "grass fed" must come from animals fed solely on grasses, hay, and other non-grain vegetation. This rule will help consumers choose meat from smart pasture operations that are better for the environment. In addition, a UCS report found that meat from grass-fed cattle contains higher levels of beneficial fats and is often leaner than meat from CAFOs (Confined Animal Feeding Operations).

5. Currently, industrial agriculture produces the bulk of our nation's food. But there are viable alternatives.

True. UCS promotes a vision of sustainable agriculture that works in harmony with the environment while continuing to be highly productive. This holistic and scientific approach treats the farm as an integrated whole composed of soil, plants, animals, and insects--with interactions that can be adjusted and enriched to solve problems and maximize yields.



Blogger Nicola said...

Thank you for this article!

Too many people are becoming complacent and think there is nothing they can do and it's important the focus on this terrible situation is kept to the fore.

It's the same with artificial food colourings. Over 20 years ago some sweet manufacturers took them out then they crept back in and last night on the news I saw a list that they were trying to get banned again.

It never stops, so we mustn't either in fighting the money making conglomerates!


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