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The health benefits of a plant-based diet are well established among medical and nutritional experts, with large scale investigations such as ‘The China Study” highlighting the negative impact animal consumption has on population health. The saying goes that “you are what you eat” and this is cause for concern for anyone consuming animal products in today’s world.

Toxins, medicines, chemicals, and other items deemed unfit for human consumption are routinely fed to animals in the agriculture industry, and this means they’re ending up in your belly if you’re still consuming meat and dairy. It’s no wonder that there are increasing cases of allergies, illnesses, and diseases being traced back to food consumption when you see what is being administered to farmed animals. Here are just five of the scary things your meat is eating:

Antibiotics Fed to All Everyday

In order to combat the cramped, dirty, and stressful conditions which the vast majority of farm animals are forced to live in, they are routinely fed antibiotics. More than 80 percent of the total amount of antibiotics consumed in the U.S., are consumed by farm animals, and this is leading to a huge increase in the amount of antibiotic resistant pathogens in animals and humans alike. In chickens, only 20 percent of the antibiotics consumed is taken in by the body and the remaining 80 percent is passed into the feces and eventually makes its way into the waterways.

Ractopamine, Banned in 160 Other Countries

Despite the fact that its use is illegal in Europe, Russia, China, and many other countries around the world, it’s fed to 80 percent of U.S. cattle and pigs, even though the FDA themselves have warned “Not for use in humans. Individuals with cardiovascular disease should exercise special caution to avoid exposure. Use protective clothing, impervious gloves, protective eye wear, and a NIOSH-approved dust mask.” The most worrying statistic for meat consumers is that up to 20 percent of the administered drug remains in the meat after slaughter as it is used to increase weight in the final weeks of production.

Zilmax Added for a Few Extra Pounds of Beef

Zilmax is another muscle building drug used for gaining additional weight on cattle to increase profitability, and it is FDA approved despite being known to cause illness, injury, and death to cattle. Recent reports have shown that although it dramatically increases the mortality rate of the cows it is fed to, it still works out more cost effective for the producers as the overall herd weight increases by enough to compensate for lost cows. The FDA claims the meat is perfectly safe for human consumption, but looking at the damage and death it is causing to the cows who are fed Zilmax, you can make your own mind up on this one.

Processed Garbage for Pigs

It is common for pigs to be fed processed food waste from industrial and commercial practices. In principle, it’s a good idea to recycle food waste and use it to feed animals. However, the nutritional makeup of this re-processed food is less than ideal and there are numerous health concerns connected to the waste. Foot and mouth disease has been closely linked with food waste feeding, and this has led to many regions banning the practice. In 2001, the U.K. outbreak of FMD was traced back to contraband meat fed to pigs at a food-waste-feeding pig farm.

Same Species Meat

On many levels, one of the most disturbing feeding practices is the process of feeding rendered animal meat back to the same species of animal. Cattle are fed rendered cattle, pigs are fed rendered pig remains, and the same with chickens, and turkeys, and so on. We have effectively forced our farmed animals to become cannibals, and aside from any moral issues that come with this (especially given that many of these animals are actually herbivores), there can be extreme health risks, as highlighted by BSE (mad cow disease). Laws have been tightened on cattle feed requirements due to the BSE issue, but still exclude cow blood and other body parts being fed back to cows and other species.

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64 comments on “What Does Your Meat Eat? 5 Scary Things Farm Animals Are Fed”

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Brittany Hopper
2 Months Ago

Robert, stop trying to justify your greedy lifestyle. You just want the last word in. As a Christian, I really can't believe that humans were 'made' to eat meat. Do you really think The Lord would support what we are doing to the very things he created, by ruining the home he gave us and abusing the creatures he has made? Heck no. A long time ago, people only ate meat for survival when their crops didn't turn out. But now, it is eaten every day for every meal. The media helps to brainwash people who eat meat as well, advertising fast food and meat products every day. Stop trying to justify eating meat. You are just part of the problem.


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Lori Keith
2 Months Ago

You missed the best one. Feeding chicken litter to cows. http://extension.missouri.edu/p/G2077


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Angie Reynolds G
2 Months Ago

I have seen documentaries where farmers will feed their cattle cheap candy in the wrappers to fatten them up for slaughter. That's gross.


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Dima Tsatskin
2 Months Ago

Iba Karol


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Noah Whalen
2 Months Ago

Wait for it.... Zombie Cows! Yep.


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Chey Anne Soares
2 Months Ago

Most meat esters don't want to know this. Like mushrooms, happy in the dark being fed s#!t


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Brittany Hopper
2 Months Ago

Robert, you are ignorant. It seems to me, to all of us, that you have no compassion for life in general or for the health of the earth. Humans were never designed to eat meat--think back to genesis in the bible and the garden of eden. It is no longer rational to kill animals for food, not only because of the cruelty but because of what it does to our health and the environment. There is no possible way for the problem to be "cleaned up" because it is impossible to to kill animals without compromising the environment.


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Randi Miller Burd
29 Apr 2014

You're right. Humans are 100% Herbivore. We sweat through our pores to cool ourselves and our teeth/jaws are not Omnivorous nor Carnivorous. Not even a fraction of a percentage.

Robert Anthony
2 Months Ago

So, you are saying that plants are not sprayed with a bunch of chemicals? Do not even bring me Organic because those folks are just as greedy. Humans are designed to eat meat; unfortunately, we have poisoned the meat and in the process have infected our brains into believing a vegetarian diet is the way to go. Nonsense. It is not the eating of meat that is the problem it is what is put in the meat; clean up the problem, stop the naivety and ignorance.


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Colette Bristow
28 Apr 2014

Why do you think humans are designed to eat meat? Nothing about us is designed to kill prey. Our physiology does not support a meat based diet either, we have neither the teeth or claws to kill an animal nor a digestive system to digest it. That's very old school, unscientific thinking.

Jamie Abeyta
28 Apr 2014

There have actually been studies done by prestigious research groups and universities that confirm, on average vegetarians tend to live longer and enjoy better health than their omnivore counter-parts. Sooo that kind of blows the whole "Humans were designed to eat meat" argument out of the water.

Jamie Abeyta
28 Apr 2014

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424127887324423904578523190441042514

Diane Marcina
28 Apr 2014

People who eat little meat, lots of plant based foods, natural, devoid of chemicals are the ones living longer, not necessarily vegans. Know someone who's vegan, may not eat meat, but eats lots of junk food

Robert Anthony
29 Apr 2014

You can always find research to support any theory. http://atlanta.cbslocal.com/2014/04/01/study-vegetarians-less-healthy-lower-quality-of-life-than-meat-eaters/

Robert Anthony
29 Apr 2014

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNON5iNf07o

Randi Miller Burd
29 Apr 2014

Humans are 100% Herbivores, without a fraction of a percentage of carnivorous or omnivorous instincts. We sweat through our pores to cool ourselves and our teeth/jaws move in a side to side, grinding manner. This is factual information. Period. A true Carnivore would have the jaw and teeth to rip and tear, swallow and eat raw and enjoy it. A human being couldn't stomach it.

Robert Anthony
29 Apr 2014

Wrong.

Eileen Satter
2 Months Ago

Please put a Share button on these posts


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Mandi Almaguer
2 Months Ago

Melissa Rahroahmadi


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