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Froot Loops-fed Cows

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created September 24, 2012 at 5:11 PM

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/23/us-usa-cattle-candy-idUSBRE88M05N20120923

I knew cows aren't exactly fed well, but I had no idea they were being fed "cookies, gummy worms, marshmallows, fruit loops, [and] orange peels".

My question, then, is: What other crazy/awful things don't I know? What WTF moments has the food industry given you?

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on September 25, 2012
at 06:21 PM

with you there 100%.

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on September 25, 2012
at 05:29 PM

And I'm not trying to proselytize, believe me. As a nutritionist, I have no problem telling people to eat regular ol' meat. But those of us who can afford to be a little more discerning probably should.

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on September 25, 2012
at 05:28 PM

...whenever possible. If we don't, they'll disappear, and we'll have *no alternative* but to buy beef, pork, and other meats from animals that were literally eating Little Debbie cakes and Cheez-doodles. It's easy to divorce myself from these facts when I'm at the store and looking at a nice, neat package of bright red steak. If I stop to think about what that animal ate, and what it might have done to the nutritional quality of the meat, I'll be more likely to set it back down and shell out a little more $$ for food I feel better about.

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on September 25, 2012
at 05:26 PM

Thanks for this. I'm a firm believer that if it's all one can afford, CAFO meat is still far and away a better choice than, say, bagels and pasta, but things like this really force me into a heart-to-heart with myself. I buy what I can at the farmer's market (from grass/pasture-based farmers doing things the right way), but I still get most of my meat from the regular supermarket. And I probably have the wiggle room in my budget to do better. Thanks for the wake-up call. I'll feel better if I start living closer to my own principles. We've got to support the smaller producers...con't

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on September 24, 2012
at 05:33 PM

But when it gets down to it, it isn't really the cattle that are digesting it but their gut bacteria.

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782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

on September 24, 2012
at 05:29 PM

I posted this answer in a different link:

CAFO cows are fed this because it's a cheap source of calories:

New term you need to know: ???by-product feedstuffs???

Fresh pasture and dried grasses are the natural diet of all ruminant animals. In factory farms, animals are switched to an unnatural diet based on corn and soy. But corn and soy are not the only ingredients in their ???balanced rations.??? Many large-scale dairy farmers and feedlot operators save money by feeding the cows ???by-product feedstuffs??? as well. In general, this means waste products from the manufacture of human food. In particular, it can mean sterilized city garbage, candy, bubble gum, floor sweepings from plants that manufacture animal food, bakery, potato wastes or a scientific blend of pasta and candy.

Here are some of the ???by-product feedstuffs commonly used in dairy cattle diets in the Upper Midwest.???*

Candy. Candy products are available through a number of distributors and sometimes directly from smaller plants??? They are sometimes fed in their wrappers???. Candies, such as cull gummy bears, lemon drops or gum drops are high in sugar content.

Bakery Wastes. Stale bread and other pastry products from stores or bakeries can be fed to dairy cattle in limited amounts. These products are sometimes fed as received without drying or even removal of the wrappers.

Potato Waste is available in potato processing areas, and includes cull potatoes, French fries and potato chips. Cull fresh potatoes that are not frozen, rotten, or sprouted can be fed to cows either whole or chopped. Potato waste straight from a processing plant may contain varying amounts of inedible or rotten potatoes. French fries and chips contain fats or oils from frying operations.

Starch. Unheated starch is available from some candy manufacturers and sometimes may contain pieces of candy.

Pasta is available from pasta plants and some ingredient distributors as straight pasta or in blends with other ingredients, such as candy.

*This list is excerpted from ???By-Product Feedstuffs in Dairy Cattle Diets in the Upper Midwest,??? published in 2008 by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

(5231)

on September 24, 2012
at 05:33 PM

But when it gets down to it, it isn't really the cattle that are digesting it but their gut bacteria.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on September 25, 2012
at 05:28 PM

...whenever possible. If we don't, they'll disappear, and we'll have *no alternative* but to buy beef, pork, and other meats from animals that were literally eating Little Debbie cakes and Cheez-doodles. It's easy to divorce myself from these facts when I'm at the store and looking at a nice, neat package of bright red steak. If I stop to think about what that animal ate, and what it might have done to the nutritional quality of the meat, I'll be more likely to set it back down and shell out a little more $$ for food I feel better about.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on September 25, 2012
at 05:29 PM

And I'm not trying to proselytize, believe me. As a nutritionist, I have no problem telling people to eat regular ol' meat. But those of us who can afford to be a little more discerning probably should.

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

(5231)

on September 25, 2012
at 06:21 PM

with you there 100%.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on September 25, 2012
at 05:26 PM

Thanks for this. I'm a firm believer that if it's all one can afford, CAFO meat is still far and away a better choice than, say, bagels and pasta, but things like this really force me into a heart-to-heart with myself. I buy what I can at the farmer's market (from grass/pasture-based farmers doing things the right way), but I still get most of my meat from the regular supermarket. And I probably have the wiggle room in my budget to do better. Thanks for the wake-up call. I'll feel better if I start living closer to my own principles. We've got to support the smaller producers...con't

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