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When You Give a Cow a Skittle. Perhaps you've already read this mildly viral CNN story about last week's great Skittle spillage of Wisconsin.

When You Give a Cow a Skittle

It’s quite a tale. Last week, a truckload of red Skittles gushed out of, um, a truck, and onto the highways of rural Wisconsin, where the the candies made the roads sticky with the syrup of high fructose corn. Now, it’s ballooned into a whole episode. Skittles manufacturer Mars isn't quite sure about how these defective candies—faulty simply because they were missing the “S” marking that's on most Skittles—ended up at the specific factory that the truck was originating from.

After all, Mars designated a certain number of its factories across the country as places where farmers can use the company's unwanted candies as byproducts for cattle feed. Nonetheless, much of the fixation around this plainly bizarre story has centered on the fact that cows get fed candy as feed. So, now you know. Did you know cattle get fed candy? Six Horrifying Things About Pork Everyone Should Know.

Corporate sociopaths seek profit at any cost, without care to the risk of destroying the Earth.

Six Horrifying Things About Pork Everyone Should Know

Few people understand the historical impact of coal mining like acclaimed poet Barney Bush in Shawnee hills of southern Illinois. The French, in fact, stumbled on coal outcroppings near the Shawnee in Illinois in the 17th century, launching the first coal industry on the American continent. By the early 19th Century, Thomas Jefferson helped to engineer the removal of Shawnee in southern Illinois, largely to obtain the great reserves of salt and coal. The Truth About Grassfed Beef. A lot of people today, horrified by how animals are treated in factory farms and feedlots, and wanting to lower their ecological footprint, are looking for healthier alternatives. As a result, there is a decided trend toward pasture-raised animals.

One former vegetarian, San Francisco Chronicle columnist Mark Morford, says he now eats meat, but only “grassfed and organic and sustainable as possible, reverentially and deeply gratefully, and in small amounts.” Sales of grassfed and organic beef are rising rapidly. Ten years ago, there were only about 50 grassfed cattle operations left in the U.S.

Now there are thousands. If you read on, you’ll see why I’ve concluded that grassfed is indeed better. Cattle (like sheep, deer and other grazing animals) are endowed with the ability to convert grasses, which we humans cannot digest, into flesh that we are able to digest. And we do this on a massive scale, while nearly a billion people on our planet do not have enough to eat. What About Taste? Is the Meat You Are Eating Being Fed Animal Feces? June 30, 2012 | 65,996 views Share By Dr.

Is the Meat You Are Eating Being Fed Animal Feces?

Mercola Mad Cow Disease (the common term for Bovine Spongiform Encepholopathy (BSE) made headlines once again in April 2012, when a dairy cow at a rendering facility in California was found to have the disease.BSE, a progressive neurological disorder of cattle that can be transmitted to other species, including humans (in people it's called Cruetzfeldt-Jakob Disease) is a devastating condition that typically leads to progressive dementia and death, often within a year of the onset of symptoms.

One of the primary ways Mad Cow Disease is transmitted is when cows are fed bone meal and waste products from other cattle infected with the disease.As a result, it's now illegal to feed beef-based products to cows ... but the beef industry has found ways to circumvent this rule by using a feed product known as "chicken litter. " Cows Fed "Chicken Litter" May be Indirectly Eating Parts From Cows What Else is Lurking in Your CAFO Beef?

CDC: Foods Imports May Be Causing Disease Outbreaks. By Dr.

CDC: Foods Imports May Be Causing Disease Outbreaks

Mercola The more steps your food goes through before it reaches your plate, the greater your chances of contamination becomes. If you are able to get your food locally, directly from the field or after harvest, such as directly from a farmer or farmer's market, you knock out numerous routes that could expose your food to contamination.So it is not surprising that new research released by the U.S.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that foodborne disease outbreaks linked to imported foods are on the rise. As Food Imports Rise, so do Foodborne Disease Outbreaks Foodborne disease outbreaks linked to imported foods rose in both 2009 and 2010 (data for 2011 is still being analyzed).In all, 39 outbreaks and 2,348 illnesses were linked to imported foods from 15 countries.

Nearly Half of the Tainted Foods Came From This Region … The data shows that more types of food, from more different countries, are being linked to disease outbreaks. Food Infections Common from U.S.