Study found  High Percentage Of Ground Beef Sold In America Contains Feces

Study found High Percentage Of Ground Beef Sold In America Contains Feces

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The megalithic federal bureaucracy known as the U.S. Department of Agriculture is made up of 100,000 employees who are stationed at 4,500 locations across the country. Their mission statement, in part, reads “to promote agriculture production that better nourishes Americans.”

A recent study by Consumer Reports, however, shows that nourishing Americans consists of feeding them deadly superbugs, food poisoning pathogens, and feces.

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A Meatball Sub, served with mozzarella, marinara and tasty feces.

 

While it’s not surprising to the readers of the Free Thought Project that the US government could fail so miserably in their stated mission, this recent study exhibits an unrivaled level of incompetence within this behemoth bureaucracy.

Consumer Reports tested several hundred packages of ground meat from stores across America, and their findings were shocking, to say the least.

According to the report,

New lab tests conducted by Consumer Reports found that of the 300 packages of ground beef purchased in stores across the country, almost all contained bacteria that signified fecal contamination.

More than 40 percent contained Staphylococcus aureus. Almost 20 percent contained Clostridium perfringens, which causes nearly 1 million cases of food poisoning annually, many related to beef.

A significant amount also contained superbugs, bacteria that are resistant to three or more classes of antibiotics. A key reason is the overuse of antibiotics on cattle farms.

The irony here is that local organic farmers who have harmed no one, are being raided by SWAT teams for selling raw milk, eggs, or grass fed beef. Meanwhile, millions of people are getting sick and dying across the country by government-subsidized factory farms.

In The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan points out how concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), are dependent upon the cost of corn remaining low.

The government ensures these low corn prices by throwing billions of dollars a year the top 1 percent of corn farms in the United States. Since 1995, a whopping $85 billion has been taken from taxpayers and given to corn producers; all of this so you can have poop in your burger.

Aside from the horrific results of feeding corn to cows, there is also the apocalyptic problem of creating superbugs by massively dosing the factory farmed cattle with antibiotics to counter the horrendously dirty conditions in which they live.

“That practice (heavy use of antibiotics) can lead to the creation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a major public health problem. If you get sick from these bugs, your infection can be difficult to treat,” said Urvashi Rangan, Ph.D., director of Food Safety and Sustainability at Consumer Reports.

The consumer reports study wasn’t all doom and gloom, however. When they tested the sustainably produced, antibiotic-free, grass-fed cattle, they found that these were far less likely to have any of the bacteria.

“This study is significant, because it’s among the largest scientific studies to show that sustainable methods of raising cattle can produce cleaner and safer ground beef,” Rangan said.

Of course, “big government beef” is upset and defensive about these findings. When consumer reports contacted the National Cattleman’s Beef Association for a statement, they received this single comment from Kansas State University professor Mike Apley:

If all cattle were grass-fed, we’d have less beef, and it would be less affordable. Since grass doesn’t grow on pasture year-round in many parts of the country, feed lots evolved to make the most efficient use of land, water, fuel, labor and feed.

Amazingly enough, however, farmers can sustainably raise organic cattle to meet the market demand, without using government subsidized corn. Instead of massive amounts of chemical and mechanical inputs, the organic farmers can plan for the harsh winter months by saving the surplus from summer months.

The good news is that the demand is shifting from factory farmed cattle to sustainable and humanely raised cattle. Despite the best attempts of the USDA to regulate sustainable farms to death, they are thriving as demand increases.

Even some fast food chains are adopting this sustainable method. In December, California-based quick-service chain Carl’s Jr. rolled out the All-Natural Burger, which sources solely grass-fed beef from Austrailia.

Besides Carl’s Jr., a grass-fed burger chain called Farm Burger, has begun to spring up from coast to coast.

Besides sustainable beef, there is also the option of no beef. One of the fastest growing categories in food choice happens to be vegetarian.

In the information age, ignorance is a choice, and it seems that it’s a choice more, and more people are avoiding. While this study shows that we still have an uphill battle when it comes to healthy, non-taxpayer subsidized food, it is only a matter of time before we reach critical mass.

Editors Note: Original publication can be found here.

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America’s First Hemp House Pulls CO2 From The Air!

America’s First Hemp House Pulls CO2 From The Air!

The gorgeous, eco-friendly home costs only $133 per square foot to build.

Credit: Push Design

Credit: Push Design

Hemp is making a major comeback around the world. In the US, five states have legalized the recreational use of cannabis, and hemp-based building materials are now gaining in popularity.

The first house built in America with hemcrete was constructed in Asheville, North Carolina, and the 3,400 square foot Push House boasts a number of eco-friendly features.

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Credit: Push Design

To create a solid – yet breathable – wall system, hemp hurds were mixed with lime and water on-site an poured in-between the exterior supporting studs in lift.

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Credit: Push Design

As USA Today notes, Hempcrete is actually less like concrete and more like infill straw bale, as it is non-structural. The insulating quality is r-2.5 per inch, and it has the unique ability to capture airborne pollutants over time – absorbing carbon when it is grown and in place.

In addition, the material’s high thermal mass helps keep a steady interior temperature, rather than allowing it to fluctuate.

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Credit: Push Design

Credit: Push Design

Credit: Push Design

As CNN reports, the house also features 30 salvaged window frames that have been fitted with high tech glass. They were placed to allow the most daylighting without overheating the space. An open floor plans also allows the light to pervade deep into the home.

That’s not all: The energy-efficient wall system is coupled with a super efficient 21 SEER air-based heat pump to effectively heat and cool the home, reducing utility costs and also the need for expensive equipment. With these installments, this home ends up costing a respectable $133 per square foot to build. 
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Some compromises were made, such as introducing petroleum-based foam products into the ceiling and foundation. However, the house is a stellar example of how health, energy and design can co-exist in sync.

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Credit: Push Design

Credit: Push Design

Credit: Push Design

The architect is looking forward to constructing similar, smaller homes in the future once he gets through the learning curve of using Hemcrete. Admirably, he says from here on out he will only build houses safe enough for his daughter to live in; we applaud that.

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American cities a century ago (34 photos)

American cities a century ago (34 photos)

A selection of photos of the largest U.S. cities, made about 100 years ago.

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Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan, in 1917.

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Atlantic City, 1910.

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The main street of Memphis, north of Avenue Gayoso, 1910.

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Station “Louisville-Nashville”, Florida, in 1910.

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Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, Florida, in 1910.

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The beach in Atlantic City, 1915.

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Grant Avenue after an earthquake in San Francisco in 1906.

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Carts for transporting dairy Thompson, Washington, 1927.

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Washington, DC, 1914.

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Cadillac Square, Detroit, Michigan, 1916.

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Ninth Street, Washington DC, 1915.

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Corner of Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, New York, 1910.

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Broad Street north of Spruce Street, Philadelphia, 1905.

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View of Manhattan Bridge from Brooklyn in 1909.

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Fire at 55th Street, New York, 1915.

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Fifth Avenue, New York, 1913.

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Wabash Avenue, Chicago, 1907.

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The New York Public Library, New York, 1915.

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Wall Street, New York, 1911.

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Fifth Avenue, New York, 1913.

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Manhattan, 1907.

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The northern part of Fifth Avenue, New York, 1913.

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City Hall – City Hall in New York.

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Dexter Avenue and the Capitol, Montgomery, Alabama, in 1906.

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Valnut Street, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1910.

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Washington, DC, 1913.

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Broadway and the building of “The Times”, New York, 1915.

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Size of Government in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1905.

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Boston, MA, 1906.

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New York, 1905.

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Grand Central Station and Hotel, Manhattan, New York, 1903.

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Treasury Building, Washington, DC, 1913.

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Post Office, Brooklyn, New York, 1906.