Article: Are Beef Cows Really Fed CANDY???!!!
Happy Monday! I hope you had a good week! For the summer, I’ll be sending our newsletter on Mondays as I know most of us relax a little more over the weekends and Monday morning is a better time to connect.
Did you have a nice Fathers’ Day? Bob’s a great dad and grandpa. He was remembered well by our wonderful kids and grandkids.
Our big news today is that we’re launching a Summer Health Challenge with Meridian Magazine! You can read more about it in the Wow section below, and I hope you’ll join us! Who wants to lose 5-10 pounds? Me, please :0)
Next week’s email will include information about the last two ingredients in Settle Down. But for today we’ll take a break as I follow up on a conversation with Dr. David Haggard, a very successful chiropractor in Mesa, Arizona who personally uses the tea and encourages all his patients to use it as well. Funny and informative, he’s had his own radio show where he (and now his sons) help people get healthy. Read about what he told me (and I documented) about what’s currently fed to cattle. HInt: It’s what we give trick-or-treaters. We were shocked. Really???
Please enjoy and make the most of today’s newsletter. Have a wonderful week!
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Fact: Moving three years ago to the very wonderful South with its legendary food and hospitality, along with my own body that is quietly aging, means I’ve put on some pounds and inches. Enough so that it’s time to do something or buy some bigger clothes.
Not the end of the world, but not a good way to head into age 65 and beyond. But every cloud has a silver lining. I’m partnering with Meridian Magazine to do a 12-week health challenge and you can join us too!
You can read more within the Meridian article published just this morning. I’ve created a nifty workbook with some pages to journal, record progress and be accountable to yourself (daily) and a partner of your choice (weekly). It’s absolutely free. I had so much fun creating the workbook. There are some neat things to share and you know how fun it is to be in touch.
After joining, I’ll send you a brief (I promise!) email on Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays with some encouragement and resources in the form of printables, recipes, meal ideas, etc.
Won’t you join us? You can use the exercise and eating plan that is best for you, although of course I’ll be using and promoting www.forksoverknives.com. Today’s article puts another nail in the coffin for why Bob and I choose to eat this way.
I’ll be encouraging you to use the tea as it is often very helpful with weight loss when combined with eating responsibly and exercising.
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Settle Down: Mary and Ted in Canada (the great senior couple in their 80’s who are moving and finding the tea helps them function and sleep better with the stress) called again last week to order MORE Settle Down. This time for their grown kids. They have an adult son who is Learning Disabled and holds a job that he takes very seriously. He is easily frustrated, however, especially at work. He has found that taking a Settle Down capsule helps him cope with these feelings and this is really helping him have better days at work! Don’t you love it?!
Tea: You never know who will be on the other end of the phone.
Last week I had a lengthy chat with Dr. David Haggard, a very successful chiropractor in Arizona who loves the tea and called to order more for his clinic. He learned about it through his Mom, Barbra (Yes! spelled just like Barbra Streisand, but she’s in her 80’s and is amazing in her own right!)
He told me that he drinks a big glass every day after working at his clinic and encourages his patients to do the same.
He said “I can often feel the impacted bowels behind their ribs. This overload within the colon has a big impact on the whole body, causing distress and inflammation that I can also feel in other tissues and parts of the body during their treatments.”
“I tell them that if they will JUST DRINK THE TEA they will help themselves and their aches and pains in the simplest possible way.” Amazing.
Dr. Haggard has had his own radio show, and I know why. He’s very funny as well as very informative. I wish you could all have been on this phone call with me.
Are Beef Cows Really Fed …. CANDY???!!!
Dr. Haggard and I talked quite a bit about diet and we agree that our long-term health is very much at risk with the Standard American Diet. He said “If you DO eat meat, poultry or eggs, make sure they are ‘free-range and grass-fed.’ Too many of them are born and die in the same stall or cage. And they are fed things you’d never guess… like CANDY.”
What?! “Go google it,” he said. “It’s been true for years. You think you’ve got a nice expensive steak. Unless it’s from a cow that’s been grass fed and allowed to move and graze in the open, you’re eating a plate of STEROIDS.”
So, I googled it. There were a number of links and some videos. The best and easiest one to understand is at www.Snopes.com, a website that checks out Internet rumors. They rated the statement “Are cows fed Skittles” as TRUE. Other sources showed pictures of gummy worms, chocolate, cookies and candy that isn’t up to snuff to sell retail, called “seconds.”
You can read it at SNOPES.com, or below. (BTW, I’ve checked out a number of rumor-type things I’ve heard from the internet at Snopes.com, and been very glad I looked there before passing it on to someone else.) Here’s Snopes:
In January 2017, a truck carrying a load of red Skittles spilled thousands of the sweet candies on the side of a Wisconsin road. While the sight stirred up some interest on the internet, social media users were flummoxed when they discovered the intended destination of the candy: a cattle farm.
The Skittles were confirmed to have fallen off the back of a truck. The truck was a flatbed pickup and the Skittles were in a large box. Due to it raining at the time, the box got wet and gave way allowing the Skittles to spill out on the roadway. It is reported that the Skittles were intended to be feed for cattle as they did not make the cut for packaging at the company. In the end, these Skittles are actually for the birds!
While many were shocked to learn that farmers had intended to feed the Skittles to cows, this practice has been going on for several years. In 2012, CNN reported that several farmers had started feeding their cattle candy due to a corn shortage:
Feeding candy to cows has become a more popular practice in tandem with the rising price of corn, which has doubled since 2009, fueled by government-subsidized demand for ethanol and this year’s drought. Thrifty and resourceful farmers are tapping into the obscure market for cast-off food ingredients. Cut-rate byproducts of dubious value for human consumption seem to make fine fodder for cows. While corn goes for about $315 a ton, ice-cream sprinkles can be had for as little as $160 a ton.
“As the price of corn has climbed, farmers either sold off their pigs and cattle, or they found alternative feeds,” said Mike Yoder, a dairy farmer in Middlebury, Ind. He feeds his 400 cows bits of candy, hot chocolate mix, crumbled cookies, breakfast cereal, trail mix, dried cranberries, orange peelings and ice cream sprinkles, which are blended into more traditional forms of feed, like hay.
The farmer said that he goes over the feed menu every couple of weeks with a livestock nutritionist who advised him to cap the candy at 3% of a cow’s diet. He said that the sugar in ice cream sprinkles seems to increase milk production by three pounds per cow per day.
John Waller, a professor of animal nutrition at the University of Tennessee, told Live Science that farmers have been using candy to pad out cow feed for years:
“I think it’s a viable [diet],” Waller said. “It keeps fat material from going out in the landfill, and it’s a good way to get nutrients in these cattle. The alternative would be to put [the candy] in a landfill somewhere.”
According to Waller, padding out cow feed with waste candy is nothing new. He says he first heard of Tennessee cattle raisers using candy years back, and that throughout the country, whether it’s orange rinds in Florida or almond hulls in California, beef producers are serving the hard-to-get-rid-of byproducts of the local food industry to their herds.
“Ruminant animals are very good at utilizing a wide variety of feedstuffs because the microbes in the rumen can digest things that other animals can’t utilize,” he said.
While it’s true that farmers feed candy to their cattle, cows are not being fed troughs filled with nothing but Skittles. The candies are mixed in with other materials to create animal feed:
Linda Kurtz, a corporate environmental manager at Mars, said the company sells unused candies and ingredients to processors that incorporate them with other materials to make animal feed. She said Mars does not sell directly to farmers, and its procedures follow Food and Drug Administration regulations.
So what do you think? Reading this and watching the interviews of candy being mixed into feed confirmed our decision that we just don’t eat beef. True, it’s not as if candy is all they eat. (Just like a little sugar on some cereal???) But how can it possibly be healthy for them, or us?
It’s all definitely food for thought. No pun intended lol. It’s good to know what we’re purchasing and consuming.
So let’s just eat our yummy veggies and beans! There are tons of happy, healthy whole-food plant based summer recipes that will be as tasty and delicious as any old steak or hamburger.
Have a great week, Lori Please sign up for the 12-week challenge!