Google, Fecal Contamination, and GM Crops

An unlikely looking combination i’ll admit.

Back when the whole Google / China thing broke it seemed a little ‘off the wall’ to me that a company would pull out of a market, citing human rights issues, because it’s network security had been compromised. Besides the fact that they’ve been living with this human rights issue for the last four years, it does all seem a little tenuous. Anyway, more than enough has been written at this point speculating over the actual motivations, so i’ll just leave it to the professional pundits.

[By some crazy coincidence, i’d left a comment on a blog a few days before bemoaning the trust that people we putting in ‘the cloud’, which anticipated someone getting at the unencrypted data and causing havoc.]

Moving on.

This quote crossed my path at some point during the week:

When medical researchers at the University of Minnesota took more than 1,000 food samples from multiple retail markets, they found evidence of fecal contamination in 69 percent of the pork and beef and 92 percent of the poultry samples. Nine out of 10 chicken carcasses in the store may be contaminated with fecal matter.

It’s the sort of thing that makes me glad that i’ve not eaten meat for years. The whole industrial farming thing, and presumably procedures like ‘Advanced Meat Recovery‘, seem very likely to mix all sorts of shit (literally, obviously) in with what can euphemistically be called meat products.

How people can ignore this kind of information and keep shovelling the stuff down them is really quite beyond me. My guess is that we are now so divorced from the production of what we eat, that food is a completely different *thing* than meat. Perhaps we’ve just become too trusting of these multinational corporations with their worthwhile sounding marketing about feeding the world.

A case in point, GMO crops. This youtube video on GM crops (specifically soy) made my skin crawl:

What worries me about GM crops is that the industrial agriculture companies seem very keen that minimal research is done into the consequences of adding them to the human diet. Their plan appears to be to get the things out there, and then say it’s too late to stop them as the modified genes are already out in ‘nature’. You can imagine a farmer not wanting to grow GM soy, next to one that does…

It’s not hard to tell whose side these regulatory bodies are on, but you’d think that just some of the people there would be interested in stopping their world being reduced to grey goo.

[That was all very US-centric. Here in Japan GM is still shunned by consumers, and the government is very keen on keeping it out of the market. Quite how long that will last, given that GM seeds are making their way into seed stocks, is any ones guess.]

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5 thoughts on “Google, Fecal Contamination, and GM Crops

  1. Tenuous mash-up but intriguing nonetheless how we (humans in general I mean) see to have sort of blithely accepted the rule of the corporation as godhead, blindly following the lead of the googles and tysons (leading producer of “meat products”) without so much as questioning what it exactly is we are shoveling into our mouths.

    It’s Shit People.

    You say this is a U.S. centric post and that Japan is still resistant, but where do you think the frozen edamame everyone buys in the supermarkets in Tokyo (when you can only get the fresh variety once or twice a year) come from…Japan? Not likely. China or more probably the producer of more than 75% of the world’s soybeans: the U.S. When we take our eye off the ball and allow products to sneak onto our shelves without questioning anything, because “it’s cheap!”, it becomes just as much our fault as the manufacturers.

    But then of course, you sir, are preaching to the choir.

    Keep fighting the good fight.

    • the lady is hip to the GM lark. she reads the labels… you won’t be at all surprised to know that it’s the cheap stuff that comes loaded with HFCS, imported soy, and more chemicals than could possibly ever be declared safe.

      we don’t eat much out of season these days unless it’s naturally preserved.

      sad that whole ‘preaching to the choir’ thing. saw something about the life expectancy in an area of glasgow (scotland) being in the 50s, and it being in the 60s in fallujah. not even a warzone can compensate for being born dirt poor in western society.

  2. “fecal contamination in 69 percent of the pork and beef and 92 percent of the poultry samples”. Killing animals is a messy business, sure, but it always has been. The use of ‘recovered’ meat may not help matters but, to play devil’s advocate for a moment, it sounds to me to be an argument in favour of the adequate application of heat, as opposed to avoidance.

    • Am i to take it from this that roasted turd is on the menu?

      It’s not the killing of animals that bothers me. Not at all. It’s the quality of the associated product that keeps me away.

      Improved animal welfare is all well and good (motherhood and apple pie, one might say…) but there’s no getting over the fact that if you’re raising animals for food you’re going to be killing them. What you can get over is simply accepting the shite that is meted out… hehe.

    • It’s messy because “we” allow it to be so. Because the people we appoint to make the rules concerning standards and practices are by and large the people running the industry, same as the pharmaceutical racket. And practicing playing devil’s advocate is all well and good in the comment section of a blog that doesn’t subscribe to this tripe anyway, but pulling into the drive-thru because mommy’s tired affects not only you and the kids, but also those who have decided to abstain.

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