Corn, Diseased Meat and Salmon

Corn is the major feed for live stock such as cow, pig, and chicken. Also it is used to produce high-fructose corn sweeteners, which are everywhere. This is possible because of enormous corn subsidy.

In 2002 Congress approved $190 billion farm-subsidy. One of the largest beneficiaries was corn growers. The subsidy structure is such that corn growing can be done very cheap, which encourages farmers to plant more and more to make the same amount of money. The rationale of agro business’ lobbyists is that it helps US compete internationally.

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Some facts about corn

    • Corn is America's chief crop export, with total bushels exported exceeding total bushels used domestically for food, seed, and industrial purposes.
    • In the US, corn leads all other crops in value and volume of production – more than double that of any other crop.
    • Besides food for human and livestock consumption, corn is used in paint, paper products, cosmetics, tires, fuel, plastics, textiles, explosives, and wallboard – among other things.
    • Your bacon and egg breakfast, glass of milk at lunch, or hamburger for supper were all produced with US corn.
    • Of 10,000 items in a typical grocery store, at least 2,500 use corn in some form during production or processing.

So far it seems ok, but read more…

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Meat, Salmon, Corn, and Omega-3

Corn, Grain, Bone Meal (which includes chicken feces) feeding, are the reasons why human have to give live stocks antibiotics, because corn, grain, and bone meal make animal’s digestive system and blood acidic, which makes animal susceptible to all sorts of diseases. This will not be the case if they were left to eat the things they are suppose to eat – grass for cows, insects and worms for chickens and etc.

Cow, like all other multi-stomached animals, evolved into eating green leafy plants, mostly grass. They virtually eat no grains. Because grains are poor in omega-3 fatty acids, grain fed meat, chicken, and fish have very low omega-3 acid in their muscle meat. Grain fed beef can have omega-3 to omega-6 ratio to about 1:20. Grass fed beef is about 1:1. To read more about omega-3, omega-6, and essential oils, click on the links.

For human body, omega-3 to omega-6 ratio should be 1:1 to 1:4. If you have been eating the "Standard American Diet," you have an omega-3 : omega-6 ratio of 1:20. The primitive hunter-gatherers' omega-3 : omega-6 ratio is 1:2 or 1:1.

Farm raised salmon, factory farm raised beef, and chicken are high in omega-6 and have little or no omega-3. Too much omega-6 triggers body’s unnecessary inflammation response. Inflammation response is basically triggering white blood cells and other immune cells to their attack mode. When this happens, white blood cell will attack its own body's blood vessel walls, irritating inner linings. Irritation of inner walls cause platelet in the blood to be activated causing blood clots. This impedes blood flow causing high blood pressure and possible sudden stroke. This type of chronic inflammation / high blood pressure often has no outward symptoms that conventional medicine will detect.

If this happens, the human body system brings in cholesterol in order to lay soothing layer over these irritation / nicks. This way, blood vessel gets thickened, which in turn leads to high blood pressure. Too often, conventional medicine prescribes a statin drug to merely stifle the body's ability to produce cholesterol, which tend to make the person dependent on statin drug for their rest of life.

When your body is constantly irritated, there is a proliferation of white blood cells that eventually starts to attack organs and tissues. Inflammation plays a big role in many of today's chronic illnesses including arthritis, heart disease, Alzheimer's, obesity, stroke, lupus and cancer.

All these results caused by lack of omega-3 can lead to more complication than people may think. Consider this. A person is on "Standard American Diet" which is low in omega-3, filled with meat toxins and other chemicals. The liver is primary organ that neutralize toxic in the body. When white blood cell attack liver, liver's ability to do this would decline, and a person will be filled with more toxic then ever, leads to constant sleepiness, darkened skin (bad liver makes skin dark, esp. eye circles), toxic overload within the body which leads to other diseases. See how one nutritional factor can have multiple implications? This is why only try to get rid of symptoms or cure such disease with surgery is moot point.

A lot of chronic conditions and diseases are caused by low omega-3 and too much omega-6 in the body. To read about omega-3 and omega-6, and how different oil types can affect your health, click here.

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Meat, Salmon, Corn, and Diseases

Live stock industries feed grain to cows, chicken, and fish because animals raised on their proper diet take longer to reach slaughter weight than raised on corn, grain, and bone meal diet.

The industrial logic of thinking protein is protein, made feeding rendered cow parts back to cows seem like a sensible thing to do, until scientists figured out that this practice was spreading mad cow disease. Compared to all the other things we feed cattle these days, corn seems positively wholesome. And yet it too violates the biological or evolutionary logic of cows. Virtually all cows are sick these days.

Between 15 to 30 % of cows are found at slaughter to have abscessed livers. In some pens the figure runs as high as 70%. Due acidic body resulted from these feeding, resistance to disease is dramatically lowered so antibiotic is needed to keep them alive. As a result, new acid-resistant strains of E. coli have evolved. These bacteria can shake off the acid bath in our stomachs – then go on to kill human. A slap of meat where a single animal infected with E. coli can contaminate tens of thousands of pounds of ground beef.

Corn also lack many nutrition animals need, this in turn worsens animal's immune system. This is why we have E.coli 0157 problem, because the corn acidifies their digestive system in such a way that these bacteria can survive.

The hormones fed cattle for growth are also becoming very suspect. It is thought children are entering puberty earlier than ever before because of all the hormones they consume from commercial cattle and chicken.

Before the days of modern industry, meat and fish had abundant supplies of omega-3. These days, most of the available meat, chicken, and salmon have little or nothing of this. Omega-3 essential fatty acid cannot be made in your body so you must get from what you eat. Without it, you risk suffering many diseases and chronic conditions.

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Nowadays, it became a sort of mantra that salmon is good for you. From the previous paragraphs, you will notice that, that is not the case these days.

Most of the salmon in restaurants is farmed because it is cheaper than wild caught. Since September 2004, U.S. supermarkets have been required to label salmon as farmed or wild. Many supermarkets carry just farmed salmon because wild salmon can cost $20 per pound or more.

Farmed fish are typically fed a diet of fish flakes made from corn, cereal grains, oil, ground up fish – and sometimes ground up cow parts – plus Canthaxanthin to give them a stronger orange color. Canthaxanthin is related with several health problems. The wild salmon’s natural orange color is coming from eating krill.

Farmed fish are raised in the watery equivalent of a feedlot. This is called aquafarms. Aquafarms may also cause polluting oceans and wild fish around it. The crowded conditions of farmed fish need antibiotics and pesticides.

In 2003, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) released a report (Analysis of PCBs in Farmed versus Wild Salmon, Environmental Working Group, July 30, 2003) regarding dangers of higher levels of PCBs in farmed salmon. When farmed salmon samples from U.S. grocery stores were tested, it was found that the farmed salmon has 16 times the PCBs then in wild salmon, 4 times the levels in beef, and 3.4 times in other seafood.

EWG warned that farmed salmon pose an increased risk for cancer. PCBs are cancer-causing chemicals that were banned 1976 in the US, but it ended up in animal fat.

Also according to article by Ronald Hites and others, in August, 2004 edition of Environmental Science and Technology, farm raised salmon has higher levels of PBDEs than wild salmon. PBDEs are endocrine disrupters, and are also suspected promote cancer formation.

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Farmers should be diversifying and growing other things, niche crops, and getting away from commodities. However, it's very hard to compete with agricultural commodities without corn. 40% of farm income is represented by subsidies.

There is little alternative family farmers due to political structure set by big agro business lobbyist. If the farmer could make more money doing strawberries the farmers still wouldn’t do it because there's no subsidy for that. So a farmer taking an enormous risk, and he's giving up for all time his corn subsidy.

The great beneficiaries are the processors that are using corn domestically. Unless the public pressure on how agricultural subsidies goes, this will remain the same.

Some people say making meat cheaper and thus make it more available to more people is good thing. The industry can always make such arguments, because they certainly make things cheaper. But is it really cheap? Think of the taxpayer, who's actually subsidizing every one of those burgers. All that corn requires an immense amount of fossil fuel – to fertilize it (fertilizer come from petroleum), oils to run machine which tend the corn, harvest, and process it. Corn requires more fertilizers and pesticides than other crops. It takes the equivalent of half a gallon of gasoline to grow every bushel of corn. Almost everything we do to protect our oil supply is a cost of that burger.

That is not all, overeating meat, lead to many chronic illness that tops all other illness. The proper intake of meat, if any, should be around 1% of their diet. Even USDA’s recommended amount of meat intake is about 2-3 ounce per serving, which look like a deck of card. If anyone has a stake, how many people eat meat as size of deck of card? – Almost none. Most stakes served in stake house is about 4 to 5 times bigger then that.

Even organic meat, chicken, and salmons are available, omega-3 fatty acids are readily destroyed in heat and denatured into harmful form when heated, left in sun light, or in air too long. Unless you eat raw wild salmon which was raised in pristine environment where you know for sure that fisherman, transporting companies, supermarkets, and restaurants give adequate care to preserve omega-3 acid, your bet is off.

It should be also noted that salmon roam around vast area ocean before caught and you never know where they are – means they may have been hanging around polluted area as well. Besides, eating meat and fish is not recommended to eat because human are not design to eat them to begin with. Human are mainly fruit eating herbivores, and when herbivores eat human diet, they develop disease like modern human. Also even if they are entirely, organic, when animals die, they leave toxic chemicals in their muscle just like any other meat. Not only that, all fish have methylmercury, which is 100 times more toxic then the mercury found in land.

Despite of all this, if you must eat meat, you should read this section in the meat page.

Also, a side note to this, anybody who went to fishing will know that freshly caught wild fish don’t smell like fish when they are freshly caught. They only smell so because fish rot away very quickly. The smell of fish that you get from fish market is actually rotting smell of fish.

About 50% of US land is buildings and road, the other 42% is farm land. About the 8% of this country that's untouched. Of those 42% farm land, 70% of that farm land is dedicated to raise food to feed animals that human eat (click here for full environmental impact of meat rising – you will be surprised). Majority of that land can be turn into wild places where many species which are blink of extinction can live.

Grass fed cows can be roamed around freely in open praises and grassland. Human are not suppose to eat meat to begin with, at least not as much as people think.

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