If you can stomach, actually bare witness to a revolting revolution called pink slime, food guru Jamie Oliver has a few bones to pick. Watch this clip now! Then, c’mon back for more.
Slimier stories about beef are never to be forgotten. Oprah paid a big time fine for her remarks on mad cow disease on national television. But what got me and I think millions of other viewers more than annoyed was the ridiculous accusations of the meat industry claiming that her remarks were defamatory.
Wait a minute! You mean Texas actually has a law that can fine even imprison citizens if they defame a food source or the industry that produced it.
Meet Healthy Child Healthy World’s April Mom On a Mission Bettina Elias Siegel. On March 6th she started a petition asking USDA to ban the use of lean, finely textured beef (commonly known as “pink slime”) in the beef destined for school food. Within nine days, the petition topped 200,000 signatures (reaching a quarter of a million signatures soon after) and effectively forced USDA to change its policy by allowing schools to choose ground beef without the ammonia-treated filler.
Yuk! It’s enough to make you love peanut butter even though those yummy treats contain traces of aldicarb sulfoxide.
What’s really tainted about the beef and cattle industry are the governments both state and federal laws and some regulations that beef-up production and competition amongst growers. Raising cattle is not an easy job. Harder yet, is raising cattle in a humane environment where the animals health needs, growth and development incorporate an environmental philosophy, cradle to cradle, which is less wasteful to the environment and kinder to the life span of the animal.
Growers want to produce higher quality beef because consumers are demanding it. The move towards truth in labeling has led USDA to voluntarily label their products that contain lean finely textured beef (LFTB) or similar products that have been the focus of media and social media reporting that has frightened consumers.
This is a clear victory for consumers who have expressed their concern in recent days that LFTB has been included in reportedly 70% of the nation’s ground beef, up to 15%, without their knowledge. It follows on the heels of introduction of the REAL Beef Act by Representative Chellie Pingree, as well as letters in support of labeling submitted to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack by Reps. Rosa DeLauro and Sam Farr.
But labeling in fine print is one thing. Grazing cattle on just grass with no antibiotics or feed lots pumping GMO corn is another.
As a mom she is most concerned about keeping Jack healthy. We discussed one of her and her husband’s initiatives, introducing Mobile Unit Harvesting. Elizabeth expressed great concern for the lives of her livestock. We talked about the sentinel practices which distinguish San Julian raised beef from commercially grown. To the average consumer who is ONLY identifying a label that qualifies beef as choice, aged, premium, sustainably raised or organic here are some additional facts Elizabeth wants you to know about her beef. And this label is worth mooing about!
Born and raised on Rancho San Julian in Santa Barbara County, CA
Raised humanely and grazed on a rotational system
Bred by registered Angus bulls
Never given any antibiotics or hormones
Finished on a completely vegetarian diet of regionally grown hay and dry farmed barley- NEVER ANY CORN (100% Grass-Fed available by Special Order)
Harvested on our ranch in the first USDA approved Mobil Harvest Unit in CA.
Dry-aged for tenderness
Traceable—we know the history of each of our animals