Tuesday January 27 , 2015








http://www.care2.com/causes/10-things-you-dont-want-to-hear-about-beef.html?page=2Eating beef isn’t as manly or as patriotic as you think it is, and it definitely isn’t doing your health or the health of the planet any good.


Here are 10 reasons why you should skip the Big Mac and leave cows to get on with their own business:

1. Someone had to die for that steak (obviously). Beef is the flesh of a cow, and that cow was once a living, breathing, feeling individual that had a right to live free from pain and suffering. Cows are branded, have their horns cut off and males are castrated, all without anesthesia. At the slaughterhouse, they are shot with a bolt gun to the brain, hung upside down and their throats are slit. Many cows are still conscious throughout the process.

2. Dioxin. Beef contains worrying quantities of the toxic organic chemical dioxin which has been linked to cancer, ADD, immune deficiency, chronic fatigue syndrome, endometriosis, birth defects and nerve and blood disorders. A single hamburger contains 300 times as much dioxin as the EPA states as an acceptable dose for an adult!

3. Beef is an inefficient use of grain. One third of the world’s grain harvest is used to feed cattle. It’s not logical to grow grain to feed animals when there are an estimated one in every six people going hungry each day, and only a fraction of what we feed cows is actually turned into flesh that humans can eat. It’s much more efficient for grain to be consumed directly by humans.

4. Beef is a waste of water. Water is a precious resource and it’s wasteful and irresponsible to squander this for something we don’t need. It takes an average of 2,500 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of beef. There is no alternative to water so we cannot underestimate usage. If we run out, we cannot grow food or maintain vital life functions.

5. Beef is a pollutant. Factory farms and feedlots produce a massive amount of toxic waste that pollutes both the air and water. The feces, which is stored in huge lagoons, seeps into nearby waterways killing fish and destroying water quality. It also emits harmful chemicals into the air. Studies show that people living near factory farms have higher rates of miscarriage, neurological diseases and respiratory problems.

6. Beef is destroying the world’s rainforests. The high demand and price of beef encourages ranchers to burn forests to create new rangelands. This never ending cycle of destruction has driven thousands of plant and animal species to extinction, and is causing a strain on the earth’s ability to covert carbon dioxide into oxygen.

7. Beef is causing desertification. Beef production is one of the major causes of desertification around the world. Delicate root systems are destroyed by overgrazing, unsettling the topsoil which is then eroded by winds leaving only the clay/sand subsoil behind.

8. Happy Meals are making our children obese. Fast food industry giants target children in their marketing, causing them to associate eating at these restaurants as a positive and fun experience, and as a result our children are fatter and unhealthier than ever before.

9. Cows are amazing animalsLike humans, cows have best friends and form close friendships with their herd mates. They choose to spend their time with 2-4 preferred individuals, and can hold grudges for years if they take a disliking to someone. They get excited when they solve problems, they like sleeping close to their families, can detect odors up to five miles away, have a 360 degree panoramic vision, are devotional mothers and are generally extremely inquisitive animals.

10. It’s probably not beef. Chances are that lasagna you’re tucking into is not even beef after all. It could be horse, donkey, pig or who knows, it may even be stray dogs or cats that have been rounded up from the streets, especially if it’s an imported product!

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/10-things-you-dont-want-to-hear-about-beef.html#ixzz2XPl6r3DZ


Genetically-modified Eggplant

Found to be Unsafe for Human Consumption,

and the Environment






Popeye spinich

In 1870, a German chemist made an error in transcribing the data on how much iron was in spinach, providing a lesson in the spread and persistence of erroneous information in society:

"One of the strangest examples of the spread of error is related to Popeye the Sailor. Popeye, with his odd accent and improbable forearms, used spinach to great effect, a sort of anti-Kryptonite. It gave him his strength, and perhaps his distinctive speaking style. But why did Popeye eat so much spinach? What was the reason for his obsession with such a strange food?

"The truth begins more than fifty years earlier. Back in 1870, Erich von Wolf, a German chemist, examined the amount of iron within spinach, among many other green vegetables. In recording his findings, von Wolf accidentally misplaced a decimal point when transcribing data from his notebook, changing the iron content in spinach by an order of magnitude. While there are actually only 3.5 milligrams of iron in a 100-gram serving of spinach, the accepted fact became 35 milligrams. To put this in perspective, if the calcu­lation were correct each 100-gram serving would be like eating a small piece of a paper clip.

"Once this incorrect number was printed, spinach's nutritional value became legendary. So when Popeye was created, studio ex­ecutives recommended he eat spinach for his strength, due to its vaunted health properties. Apparently Popeye helped increase American consumption of spinach by a third!

"This error was eventually corrected in 1937, when someone rechecked the numbers. But the damage had been done. It spread and spread, and only recently has gone by the wayside, no doubt helped by Popeye's relative obscurity today. But the error was so widespread that the British Medical Journal published an article discussing this spinach incident in 1981, trying its best to finally debunk the issue.

"Ultimately, the reason these [types of] errors spread is because it's a lot easier to spread the first thing you find, or the fact that sounds cor­rect, than to delve deeply into the literature in search of the correct fact."

Popeye spinich

Author: Samuel Arbesman   
Title: The Half-Life of Facts
Publisher: Penguin Group

So there you have thr truth.  I always wondered why Popeye eat so much spinach and now we know.  Based on innaccurate information,  bit like the war in Iraq - we have been misled for decades and no one has ever corrcted the mistake.  Generations of people have kept the lie going as truth as it was always seen as being accurate,  and interesting how it takes this book to right the wrong.   
Chickens - roasted - boiled - fried - however you cook it, is a LOT less good for you than it was 20 years ago,.  Wiuth modern farming techniques most of the goodness has vanished and what you are digesting these days will not be as tasty - but more importantly not as good for you,  as in the olden days of just 20 years ago.  
Farmers now mature chickens much quicker than before and so most of the Omegas are so depleted it is hardly woth eating it... and you might as well eat plastic.



Eggs vs. Cigarettes in Atherosclerosis

Check out this report and video that shows

that eggs are as bad for you as smoking and

how the Egg Marketing Board of the USA faked,

lied and bullshited the public with misinformation

and blatant lies.





( this for our American readers
 and it makes me proud that the United Kingdom and European Union  is more advanced in these areas than the good old US of A - but then, there are many food hazards in the USA that are not allowed elsewhere... )

Last week, Buzzfeed released a list of foods that are banned in several places around the world, but still available in the U.S. Check out the list of banned ingredients and see what foods are being used to hide them. Then try some of our tips for avoiding the offending ingredients.


Artificial Food Colorings – Many common snack foods
Companies are required to list Yellow #5 in their ingredient list, but it’s not the only artificial food color that is banned in other countries. Blue #1, Blue #2 and Red #40 may also cause health problems. Today, many companies are removing artificial colors from their products, so a little research should help you find safe alternatives.

Brominated Vegetable Oil – Sports drinks and citrus-flavored sodas
Brominated vegetable oil is used in drinks to prevent the flavoring from separating and floating to the surface. It is banned in over 100 countries world-wide because it contains bromine, which can be toxic. Stick to drinking water and 100 percent fruit and vegetable juices.

Azodicarbonamide – Breads, frozen dinners, packaged baked goods
Though azodicarbonamide is used to bleach flour, it is also used to bleach foamed plastic. Banned in Australia, the United Kingdom and most European countries, azodicarbonamide can induce asthma attacks. It is best avoided by staying away from pre-packaged meals and baked goods.

Bromated Flour – Many kinds of bread
While bromated flour is great if you need to reduce baking time, it isn’t so great for your body. The flour, banned in Europe, Canada and China, has been linked to kidney damage, cancer and nervous system damage. Happily, there are 
many other kinds of flour to use that are not bromated.

Olestra – Fat-free potato chips
Olestra was created by Proctor and Gamble as a cooking oil substitute. However, the fat substitute removes your body’s ability to absorb vitamins. This has led to its ban in the United Kingdom and Canada. If just have to have a salty, crunchy snack, try 
making your own chips from kale.

BHT and BHA – Cereal, gum, nut mixes
Intended to keep food from going bad, BHT and BHA have been shown to cause cancer in rats. Japan, the United Kingdom and other European countries have banned the preservatives, though no studies have proven their detrimental effects on humans. If you want to avoid BHT and BHA, your best option is purchasing 
food that is fresh and natural.

rBGH and rBST – Milk and other dairy products
Unless otherwise noted, most nonorganic dairy products will have some amount of rBGH and/or rBST. Both can impact human and bovine health and have been banned in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan and the European Union. If you’re a dairy product consumer, you can find many organic brands that do not contain the growth hormones.

Arsenic – Poultry
Though a known poison, arsenic was used in some chicken feed to make the meat appear fresher. The National Chicken Council says that chickens raised for meat are no longer given feed additives containing arsenic, but that didn’t stop the European Union from putting a ban on it. If you eat meat, make sure you know where you’re poultry is coming from and how it is raised.





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