I was reading an article a few days back on Jamie Oliver's war against a fast food giant's use of pink slime beef filler in their burger patties and it got me thinking. I mean, seriously, if you understand how this utterly unhealthy substance is made, you would not even want to be within 10 feet of it let alone cram your body with it. Obviously the company did (apparently they stopped using the pink slime and that makes me wonder what on earth are they substituting it with) so to make profit. Sure, I can understand about wanting to make profit but how much is enough? Ok, a hamburger with the nasty unhealthy filler cost about $0.90, I am sure a giant company like this would still make profit, in-fact lots of profit if they were to omit the unnecessary and charge slightly more and enough so that a family of 5 with single mom working 3 jobs could afford to feed her children.
Pink slime is not the only scary food story we hear today. There was also the story of the meat glue. Apparently some nasty butchers decided to glue together some chunks of meat, compressed them to make them look like the the premium fillet and sell them to the top restaurants. What?? What happened to this world? Greed has obviously becomes the king of some conscience making this world an unsafe place to live. In this time, the only way to make sure that we eat clean is to eat 100% organic, maybe raise our own chicken and cows (in New York City?) and tell me, how many of us could afford to do that? Lets face it organic food cost and for a single mother with 4 kids they are way out of her mean, therefore she would settle for the fast food hamburgers filled with the worst of everything for her and her children. Even if some of us could afford the real deal in some 5 stars restaurants, how sure are we that our meat was not laden with some glue? This is a sad scenario but that is the fact. It is scary sometimes knowing that no matter how careful we are in feeding ourselves and the family, we can never be sure if we had done enough.
Is it right that the world today has labelled the right to live healthy as a luxury? It is something to ponder on and the same question has been bugging me for a while and I had to share my 10 cents with you and pick your thoughts on this subject.
Enjoy the rest of the week and eat safe.
Jamie Oliver on the pink slime