View Full Version : Just another reason not to eat animals

04-05-06, 06:07 pm
This is an article from www.grist.org (http://www.grist.org) the best environmental magazine ever.

Up the Arsenic
Chicken with arsenic a daily part of American diet

You may be getting a significant dose of poison with your Chick'n Stix. Arsenic is a U.S. government-sanctioned supplement to chicken feed -- it's used to kill parasites and promote growth -- despite being a known carcinogen and being implicated in other illnesses. Although the average American's chicken consumption has increased threefold since 1960, to about 87 pounds a year, the FDA-approved tolerance level of 500 parts per billion of arsenic in chicken has not been updated in decades. What's more, soils contaminated with arsenic from chicken manure fertilizer are used to grow other foods, and chicken litter containing arsenic is used as feed for other animals (ew!). Limit your exposure by buying organic or antibiotic-free chicken. Or, you know, stop eating meat.

straight to the source: The New York Times (http://www.grist.org/cgi-bin/forward.pl?forward_id=6732), Marian Burros, 05 Apr 2006

see also, in Grist: How poultry producers are ravaging the rural South (http://www.grist.org/news/maindish/2006/02/21/parker/index.html?source=daily)

04-05-06, 07:06 pm
Yup, that sounds about right. Horrible, isn't it?

04-05-06, 09:19 pm
I love how the average person thinks they are eating healthy by eating chicken. Ha!

04-06-06, 07:29 am
American chicken is strange. When I was a QA, it was commom for it to have neon blue and neon green viens. The first time I saw it I almost regected in on the spot. The only reason I didn't is because my boss said it was "only hormones and medicine" and it's all right.

I ate a lot less chicken from that day on. Yuck! I'm so glad I'm veg now and don't have to worry about it.

04-06-06, 07:55 am
Practically the only meat I eat is chicken. Thanks a lot US government for watching out for my safety!!

04-08-06, 07:53 pm
Zeander, maybe you shouldn't? ;)