“…Broadcast news and social-media sites have been aflame with reports about something called “meat glue.”
“If you were disturbed to hear about ‘pink slime’ in your burger, you’ll want to know about ‘meat glue,’ because a fat, rare-cooked filet mignon may not be what it seems,” ABC News’ Bay Area affiliate gasped last week.
First reaction: Ooh, gross.
Reaction upon a bit of reflection: Meat glue, an enzyme known as transglutaminase – is indeed a trick up the meat industry’s sleeve – but a relatively minor one in the grand scheme.
A couple of weeks ago, I named four common industry practices that are “grosser than pink slime.” (Pink slime itself is pretty gross.)
Here’s a fifth: Every year, dairy and beef cows are fed around 2 billion pounds of chicken litter —
- chicken shit – dead chickens – and leftover feeds – which contains cow protein.
Cows being fed chicken shit is deeply gross; -
- cows eating cow protein is downright scary…”
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