The consumer has most of the power, especially in a business-driven corporatocracy like America, but most don’t realize it, or how important using this power is in today’s day and age.
Recently, a major victory was won for the consumer, however, as one of the main manufacturers of the ‘pink slime’ announced that it is shutting down 75 percent of its production according to a report by the website Organic Authority. Production will be stopped for at least 60 days in Texas, Kansas and Iowa, the article stated.
Let’s all hope for humanity’s sake that the leftover junk doesn’t end up in the hands of Nickelodeon, unless of course it somehow ends up being dumped on Nicki Minaj or Rebecca Black (But I digress).
Anyway, pink slime is of course the infamous, recently-exposed slurry beef filer by-products and unsavory, undesirable leftover animal parts drenched in ammonium hydroxide and other nasty chemicals, no doubt, which has been added to beef products, specifically lean finely textured beef, as the industry called it.
Kids have been eating this stuff for years, despite the fact that it is apparently not even good enough for McDonald’s of all places (no word on Taco Bell, ahem).
A massive petition and media exposure from top websites brought the controversy to light and now it’s making a huge impact on the bottom line of the USDA, a company that had previously been seen as an impenetrable fortress by natural health advocates.
The unlabeled ingredient was found 70 percent of supermarket beef according a recent study, but now the tide is finally turning. All it took was a campaign to spread awareness, one that is needed in the area of genetically modified food in the U.S. (corn, soy, canola, and other crops that are banned in various other countries) and others. In Europe, the plan to add high fructose corn syrup to Coke was eventually stopped cold in its tracks due to awareness campaigns.
I guess the pink slime incident is an example of why Iowa recently passed a bill banning filming at farming operations of animal abuse, and why the powers that be, supported by lobbyists, are trying to wrestle away control of the Internet for good.
But as the pink slime incident proved, a wave of aware, critical dissent is almost impossible to stop.
The time is now to unleash several of them in areas of civil and human rights as well as health so we can take back the country from corporate interests.
Perhaps the ‘pink slime’ industry can be a martyr for such a movement, as unlikely as that may sound.