Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Bag Lunch, Anyone?
(Art by Andrew Bell.)
This post is going to make lab-grown pork seem appetizing by comparison. Brace your stomachs.
Here's the first paragraph of an article published in today's USA Today:
In the past three years, the government has provided the nation's schools with millions of pounds of beef and chicken that wouldn't meet the quality or safety standards of many fast-food restaurants.
What does that mean? Here are a couple of the article's many revelations:
1. US schools are often supplied with meat from chickens so old that they would otherwise only be suitable for compost or pet food.
2. Schools can serve ground beef that contains high levels of bacteria that often indicate the presence of fecal contamination. (Yes, that is what you think it is. And it's not a good thing. At all.)
This is serious! Read more here.