There are 14 billion burgers consumed each year in the United States alone. However, the people who eat those hamburgers have little knowledge of what they really contain. Current USDA regulations, for example, openly allow beef contaminated with E. coli to be repacked, cooked and sold as hamburgers ready to eat.
This simple fact would surprise most consumers if they knew. People assume that beef that is contaminated with E. coli must be discarded or destroyed (or even recalled), but in reality, it is often pressed to make hamburgers, cooked and sold to consumers. This practice is openly endorsed by the USDA.
But E. coli may not be the worst in your burger: USDA regulations also allow chicken feces to be used as cows' food, which means that your hamburger meat can be made from second-rate chicken poop. hand, recycled through the stomach of the cows.
According to the FDA, farmers feed their cattle between 1 and 2 million tons of chicken feces each year. This practice of cross-species contamination worries critics who are concerned that it may increase the risk of mad cow disease contaminating meat products. So they want to ban the practice and refuse to feed the chicken bed to the cows.
Now, you might wonder how chicken feces could pose a risk of cow infection for cows. It is because chickens feed on parts of other animals such as cows, sheep and other animals as part of their daily diet. Some of that chicken feed is spilled and swept as chicken waste, and then fed to the cows.
So now we have a bizarre experiment in animal feed lots where dead cows, sheep and other animals feed on chickens, and then the chickens feed on the floor where, combined with the chicken poop, it is swept and fed to the cows. Some of these cows, in turn, can eventually be ground and returned to the chickens.
Do you see how this could be a problem?
Why not feed the animals to each other?
First of all, in the real world, cows are vegetarian. They do not eat other cows, or chickens, or feces, for that matter. Chickens do not eat cows in the real world either. If they are given free range, they live mainly on a diet of insects and weeds.
But through the magic of the horrible practices of food production in factories in the USA. UU., Dead cows feed on chickens and chicken feces feed on cows. This is precisely the way in which mad cow disease could contaminate this cycle of unnatural foods.
Could you think that cooking a hamburger destroys the prions of mad cow disease? It's not true, even hamburgers that are cooked and handled in accordance with federal safety standards can infect consumers with mad cow disease, and it's only a matter of time before humans start suffering from the disease.
Dying from mad cow disease is not pretty, painless or fast. It's ugly His brain cells begin to turn into porridge, slowly turning off cognitive function little by little as a strange and aggressive form of Alzheimer's disease. First you lose the capacity for concentration, then your speech goes away and, finally, all the brain function stops completely. It is a horrible way to waste.
Is it the risk that it's really worth eating hamburgers?
Remember: At this time, the practice of feeding chicken feces to herds of cows continues. Therefore, there is a risk of infection from mad cow disease in US beef. Currently, very few tests are being done to detect mad cow disease, which means that an infection could go unnoticed for years. Meanwhile, the average burger contains meat portions of up to 1,000 different cows.
Do the math. Unless livestock feeding practices are significantly reformed, eating conventional meat beef products (hot dogs, hamburgers, steaks) is like playing Russian roulette with brain cells. Then, do yourself, your family and the industry a favor and, instead, choose ethical and sustainable animal products, that is, organic and grass-fed foods.
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