These Awful Food Practices Are Banned In Europe But Normal In The United States

toxic_atrazineJust great, ruin my lunch. Alternet has a sampling of some of the poisons prominent in the American food supply:

Atrazine. A “potent endocrine disruptor,” Syngenta’s popular corn herbicide has been linked to a range of reproductive problems at extremely low doses in both amphibians and humans, and it commonly leaches out of farm fields and into people’s drinking water. Europe banned it in 2013.

Arsenic in chicken, turkey, and pig feed. Arsenic is beloved of industrial-scale livestock producers because it makes animals grow faster and turns their meat a rosy pink. Arsenic-based compounds “were never approved as safe for animal feed in the European Union, Japan, and many other countries.”

Ractopomine and other pharmaceutical growth enhancers. Fed to an estimated 60 to 80 percent of US hogs, ractopomine makes animals grow fast while also staying lean. Unfortunately, it does so by mimicking stress hormones, making animals miserable. Pigs treated with it suffer from ailments ranging from hyperactivity and trembling to broken limbs and the inability to walk. Traces of these pharmaceuticals routinely end up in our meat, and their effects on humans are little-studied. Europe not only bars its own producers from using ractopamine, it also refuses to allow imports of meat from animals treated with it—as do China and Russia.

Read the rest at Alternet.

7 Comments on "These Awful Food Practices Are Banned In Europe But Normal In The United States"

  1. DeepCough | May 12, 2013 at 3:59 pm |

    Excuse me, but in America, we don’t do Communist things like regulate the food supply!

    • VaudeVillain | May 12, 2013 at 6:01 pm |

      Exactly, only commies think it’s a good idea to regulate against unsafe products and excessive externalization.

      American capitalism knows we’re much better off letting industry do whatever it wants and giving out massive cash subsidies to make sure they can afford to do so. Some people might claim that governmental wealth transfers from the people to industrial interests is actually the worst possible implementation of essentially socialist principles, but don’t listen to that pinko fascist scum!

  2. BuzzCoastin | May 12, 2013 at 7:39 pm |

    the EU is only slightly better than Uncle Homeland in some areas
    when it comes to food
    but the EU is trying to limit the availability of seeds
    trying to control the production of real food by individuals

    if you’re sill eating processed foods with more than 4 ingredients on the label
    why would you care
    most don’t, they assume it’s safe, just like they were trained to think

  3. howiebledsoe | May 13, 2013 at 10:36 am |

    Cool! That shit tastes dope! Well, I’ve gotta go. Off to the toilets to snort some cattle de-wormer.

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