Here’s a MUST SEE for processed meat eaters.

Mike Adams of News Target is the new Upton Sinclair. He writes:
This processed meat idea hit me one day as I was driving past a local Wal-Mart grocery store and thinking to myself, "I wonder if people would really eat processed food products if they knew what they contained?" On an impulse, I turned into the Wal-Mart parking lot and decided to enter the store and buy some processed meat products with the intention of photographing them. This caused a concern, since I would never be caught dead buying processed meat products, and certainly not in a Wal-Mart. I was worried that a NewsTarget reader might spot me buying this garbage food, snap a camera photo, and I'd end up all over the internet holding a package of Oscar Mayer hot dogs with that deer-in-the-headlights look... So -- get this -- I put on a hat and sunglasses and actually stealthed my way through the Wal-Mart store, trying to buy these processed meat products without getting noticed! I know, it sounds ridiculous, but I've had people walk up to me in grocery stores before and start chatting about NewsTarget, and I didn't want to risk giving someone the wrong impression about my own lifestyle. This is actually a very important point with me because I live the lifestyle I recommend. I eat superfoods, exercise regularly and follow an incredibly clean diet. I wouldn't even think of taking a single bite of an Oscar Mayer hot dog or Jimmy Dean sausage, and even holding those foods in my hands made me feel icky just from the energy of the flesh from the slaughtered animals used to make those products. So I sure didn't want to get snapped by a camera standing in front of a Wal-Mart checkout lane with my hands full of junk processed meat products. After I completed my undercover meat purchase, I headed home and set up the macrophotography equipment. Since I'm experienced at this (I love to take nature pictures, especially of flowers), that was easy. I already had all the equipment and know-how necessary. The next part, however, was not so easy: I had to touch the meat products to prep them for the camera.
The pictures are here and they're not for the squeamish.

One Response to “Here’s a MUST SEE for processed meat eaters.”

  1. The real issue is the industrialization of food. This week we have had another packaged spinach recall because of Salmonella contamination. Over packaging food has gotten out of hand. Some recent examples that I’ve observed:

    1. Individually plastic wrapped Idaho potatoes. (Also available in Aluminum foil.)
    2. Three clementines in a hard plastic container.
    3. Bagged lettuce, carrots, spinach, assorted chopped greens and celery. (Add your own.)
    4. Sliced deli meats (turkey, ham, roast beef, salami, etc). Even those items like turkey which are not supposed to be processed are usually made from ground and reformed turkey with added water and salt.

    and saving the best for last

    5. Coconuts in individual mesh bags. If there is one thing in the world that can fend for itself, it’s a coconut.

    The packaging serves several purposes. It allows farms to “brand” their product. It forces consumers into buying an arbitrary amount, which may be more than they want. It allows for a higher profit. A bag which costs under a penny generally increases the cost of the item (say eight ounces of spinach) by forty to sixty cents. It allows the farm to fill the bag with spoilage retarding gases (yes, vegetables too!) thus extending the “freshness”. It also has the unfortunate side effect that sealed containers make a perfect breeding ground for harmful organisms.

    The underlying problem is that the is a huge processing industry interposed between the farm and the consumer. These middlemen take the bulk of the profit and their aim is to boost the “value” of the product by such pointless actions. The net result is that the farmers are slowing going broke and the food quality is declining and become less safe.

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