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How Much Arsenic In Rice Came From Chickens?

By Michael Greger M.D.
September 21, 2012
File under: Food Production, Food Supply, Health Concerns

It may be no coincidence that the rice found most contaminated with arsenic originated from some of the top poultry producing states such as Arkansas, Texas, and Missouri. Earlier this year, researchers at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health found levels of arsenic in chicken feather meal up to 100 times that found in apple juice by Dr. Oz last year and 10 times that just found in rice.

Feather meal is made from the billion pounds of feathers plucked from chicken carcasses annually (sometimes with heads, guts, manure, and feet thrown in to increase protein and mineral content) and is fed to farmed fish, pigs, poultry, and cattle and to fertilize conventional and organic crops.

Chicken manure is also used directly as feed and fertilizer and has been found to significantly increase arsenic levels in the soil.

Some of the arsenic in apple juice and rice may be from the use of arsenic-containing pesticides, but how did arsenic get into the chickens? The poultry industry fed it to them. …read more of How Much Arsenic In Rice Came From Chickens? here

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Why is it Legal to Sell Unsafe Meat?

By Michael Greger M.D.
September 18, 2012
File under: Food Supply, Health Concerns, Meat

Most of the population in the U.S. suffers from an acute diarrheal illness, every year. According to a recent survey, most people correctly identified food as the most common source of infection, but fewer than half (45 percent) believed it legal for grocery stores to sell meat with food-poisoning bacteria on it.

You can’t sell unsafe cars and you can’t sell unsafe toys; how could they possibly sell unsafe meat? They do it by blaming the consumer.

In this two-minute video, Unsafe at Any Feed, one USDA poultry microbiologist said, “I think the consumer has the most responsibility, but refuses to accept it “Raw meats are not idiot-proof. They can be mishandled and when they are, it’s like handling a hand grenade. If you pull the pin, somebody’s going to get hurt.”

So it’s our fault if we get sick. That’s like a car company knowingly selling cars with faulty brakes and then blaming tragedies on parents for not putting their kids in rear-facing car seats. …read more of Why is it Legal to Sell Unsafe Meat? here

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How Food Subsidies Tax our Planet

By Elizabeth Kucinich
April 28, 2011
File under: Environmental Impact, Food Supply


You recycle your bottles. You haven’t used a plastic grocery bag since you planted those cute reusable totes in your car. Even the bag for your yoga mat is organic.

But did you know that every time you pay taxes, a portion of your money goes toward two of the most environmentally damaging industries on the planet?

Our government spends about $17 billion dollars in food subsidies in an average year and the biggest beneficiaries are the meat and dairy industries.

You may know that raising billions of animals in industrial farms takes a toll on the environment, but you probably don’t know the full extent. No one really does. But what we do know is enough to make a vegetarian out of even the most ardent meat lover. …read more of How Food Subsidies Tax our Planet here

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Agricultural Subsidies Are Making Us Sick

By Elizabeth Kucinich
April 1, 2011
File under: Food Supply, Healthy Eating, Vegan


The poor state of our country’s health may not be making the headlines at the moment, but the statistics are stark: More than 75 percent of all deaths in the U.S. are from diseases linked to unhealthful diet: heart disease, cancer, stroke, liver disease and high blood pressure.

This reflects poorly on the traditional Western diet, but it’s not all bad news. Food trends show that more people are taking their health into their own hands by changing their diet. When it comes to unhealthy food, the primary culprits are meat and dairy, which are high in saturated fat and cholesterol, and over-sweetened processed food.

On the other hand, plant-based diets, which are naturally nutrient-rich, low in fat and cholesterol-free, are growing in popularity. Several months ago, Business Week profiled some of those discerning eaters who choose a plant-based diet, like Bill Clinton and Russell Simmons. …read more of Agricultural Subsidies Are Making Us Sick here

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Beyond Organic: The Next Step in Sustainable Living

By Vincent Pedre M.D.
March 2, 2011
File under: Food Supply, Local Farmers, Organic


This past year, I was amazed by the selection of organic produce at my local grocery store, even in the dead of winter. Last summer, when apples were still ripening on northern trees, I noticed organic apples from Argentina, a small sticker the only hint of its origin.

As supermarkets take to the organic movement, I wondered just how sustainable it could be to bring organic apples from the Southern Hemisphere to feed our hunger for year-round fresh produce up north? A trend that begs the question, how are we using our resources? What about the cost to the environment of shipping produce over long distances?

As an advocate for healthy living, I am always talking about the importance of organic produce versus pesticide-laden fruits and vegetables. Certainly, the natural choice if you want to live free of disease. So, shouldn’t we be eating organic no matter how it gets to us? …read more of Beyond Organic: The Next Step in Sustainable Living here

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