Thursday, 7 June 2007
11:47:41 AM (GMT)
Now, most people out there know that I'm a vegetarian (the name is a bit of a
giveaway). Recently I read an article on the meat that goes into fast food and was
shocked. If I wasn't already a vegetarian, I think this article might've been a
turning-point. Or at least made me give up fast food. As it is, it made me more
determined than ever that carnivore-ism just isn't for me. And determined to spread
Once I've told you guys the facts, I am not expecting anyone to change their eating
habits. I'm not going to force people to change their lives. That's not my aim; my
aim is simply to tell you what happens. And if it makes more people think before the
order...well that's just an added bonus.
So here goes...
•Fast food chicken (FFC) born in a massive hatching factory.
•Aged one day old, FFC is packed in a crate and hauled off to a dark shed shared
with as many as 36,000 other chicks).
•FFC lives on an A5-sized patch of dirty floor his whole life.
•To make FFC as fat as possible (so he can be made into as many nuggets as
possible), he's fed a cocktail of antibiotics and hormones which send his little body
into growth-spurt overdrive.
•FFC grows so massive so fast that his spindly legs can no longer support his
weight (some FFCs are so deformed they have to drag themselves around by their
•Aged just two months old, FFC is hung upside down by his feet. He is stunned with
an electric shock. Then his throat is cut.
And it's not only chickens that get a rough deal. In the wild, pigs would have four
piglets a year, but in 2003, one pig-breeding firm bred a sow that produced a litter
of 27 piglets.
This is the price of the cheap meat that the fast-food industry relies on. If the
animals had more space to live in, it would cost more to look after them. These
animals pay for our bargain snacks.
And there's another reason fast food is a cheap option. The meat in it. Chicken
nuggets are not made of chicken breast. Many fast-food nuggets are made up of MRM
(Mechanically Recovered Meat). This is the same meat that's also used to make
fast-food burgers. MRM, although it comes from animal carcusses, isn't the kind of
meat you'd want to eat. After all the good cuts of meat are sliced off, the
leftovers are removed by machines. This means anything that hasn't already been
removed - skin, eyeballs, intestines, tonsils, anything. This is then squished
through a giant sieve, mashed up with water, salt and flavouring chemicals so it
sticks together, and finally shaped into nuggets and burgers.
So there you have it. It's all true and it's all out there for your judgement.
Not really bothered what goes into your food? Fair enough. I'm not asking anyone to
reform their ways based on some stuff they were told by some girl on the Internet.
But if anyone feels that this is enough to make them change their eating habits, I am
willing to give any tips on how to become a vegetarian and still maintain a balanced
Just think before you order, OK?
Peace and love