As most of you probably know, there was a huge recall of beef, the largest ever, actually. And a video was released that led to the recall, of a sick cow being dragged by a forklift. Man, I don't know about you, but I simply can't handle watching something like that. I think I lasted 5 seconds before turning it off. What's more horrifying than the treatment of these animals is that, despite their being sick, their meat is still processed. I can't make clear enough how practically non-existent our regulation on beef is. Read "Fast Food Nation", it gives a terrific picture of our meat industry in America.
Mojo Blog posts on something that was covered in "Fast Food Nation", but bears repeating. You may be asking, "If these sick cows are being killed and their meat is still being sold, who's eating it?" Well, there's no easy way of saying this: Children. Federally-subsidized school lunch programs gets the lowest-quality beef. I can't begin to tell you how inherently depraved and evil that is.
Oh, BTW, there's a funny aside in this article that I didn't know about. After one of the mad cow scares, a meat producer voluntarily offered to test all his cattle for the disease, and the Bush Administration went to court to stop him because it'd make all the other meat producers look bad. In the age of Mad Cow, shouldn't our government be expecting higher standards from meat merchants rather than the lowest possible one?