cattle

Some U.S. farmers now feeding their cattle gummy worms, marshmallows, and ice cream sprinkles in response to skyrocketing feed costs

Friday, September 28, 2012 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
Tags: cattle, candy, marshmallows

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
The five biggest lies about Ebola being pushed by government and mass media
Why does the CDC own a patent on Ebola 'invention?'
Ultraviolet light robot kills Ebola in two minutes; why doesn't every hospital have one of these?
EXCLUSIVE: Natural News tests flu vaccine for heavy metals, finds 25,000 times higher mercury level than EPA limit for water
Tetanus vaccines found spiked with sterilization chemical to carry out race-based genocide against Africans
Truvia sweetener a powerful pesticide; scientists shocked as fruit flies die in less than a week from eating GMO-derived erythritol
Irrefutable proof we are all being sprayed with poison: 571 tons of toxic lead 'chemtrailed' into America's skies every year
Russia taking McDonald's to court, threatens countrywide shutdown
Oregon man serving prison sentence for collecting rainwater on his own property
The best way to help your body protect itself against Ebola (or any virus or bacteria)
Global warming data FAKED by government to fit climate change fictions
Senator who attacked Doctor Oz over dietary supplements received over $146,000 in campaign contributions from Big Pharma mega-retailer and Monsanto
Healthy 12-year-old girl dies shortly after receiving HPV vaccine
Ebola outbreak may already be uncontrollable; Monsanto invests in Ebola treatment drug company as pandemic spreads
HOAX confirmed: Michelle Obama 'GMOs for children' campaign a parody of modern agricultural politics
Ben & Jerry's switches to non-GMO, Fair Trade ice cream ingredients
W.H.O. contradicts CDC, admits Ebola can spread via coughing, sneezing and by touching contaminated surfaces
BREAKING: CDC whistleblower confesses to MMR vaccine research fraud in historic public statement

Delicious
(NaturalNews) The cost of genetically-modified (GM) corn and soy feed for conventional cattle is surging so high, and availability plunging so low, as a result of persistent drought conditions and resultant crop failures that conventional feedlot farmers are having to seek out less expensive and more plentiful alternatives. But such alternatives are not exactly the types of things you would typically expect a farmer to feed his animals: corn syrup-laden gummy worms, nutrient-devoid marshmallows, and chemical-laden ice cream sprinkles are among the many junk foods now being served to American cattle.

The Vancouver Sun reports via Reuters that a whole new "alternative" feed market is emerging out of the ongoing crop crunch, as farmers all across the U.S. are running out of common feed options for their herds. Because corn-based feeds are now too expensive or simply unavailable, feedlot operators in Indiana, North Dakota, and elsewhere are buying leftover candy scraps, pastries, extruded cereals, gummy snacks, and even food waste to feed to their cows, which end up directly fueling the production of conventional meat and dairy products sold nationwide to American consumers.

"Brokers are gathering up discarded food products and putting them out for the highest bid to feed lot operators and dairy producers, who are scrambling to keep their animals fed," says Reuters. "In the mix are cookies, gummy worms, marshmallows, fruit loops, orange peels, even dried cranberries. Cattlemen are feeding virtually anything they can get their hands on that will replace the starchy sugar content traditionally delivered to the animals through corn."

What this means, of course, is that those standardized cartons of pasteurized, homogenized milk in the dairy case and those attractive-looking cuts of meat at the butcher counter are actually the worst kinds of junk food disguised as supposedly wholesome nutrition. If the phrase "you are what you eat" holds any real merit, then consumers might as well just skip buying conventional meat and dairy altogether and have some cake or an ice cream sundae for dinner instead, since this is what American cattle are now eating.

What happened to good, old-fashioned grazing on natural grass pastures?

At the same time, it is somehow not all that surprising that even animals in America are now being forced to eat junk foods rather than the fresh grass, silage, and other natural foods they were designed to eat. American consumers, after all, have been shoveling these unnatural poisons down their throats for many decades now, so why should the animals get anything different?

As if being forced to eat loads of GM corn and soy for subsistence was not bad enough, American cattle are now being forced to eat things like candy corn and Oreos, both of which, ironically, are made from all sorts of processed GM corn and soy byproducts. But what is even more pathetic than this is the fact that the struggling American farmers who have resorted to this travesty of animal husbandry have not even considered trying to pasture their animals.

Cows are ruminant animals, which means their digestive systems were designed to eat grass and other plant-based foods, not fruit snacks and cream pies. So if corn and soy feed prices are too high -- cows were not meant to eat these grains either, by the way -- then why not try pasturing the animals instead? Not only do grass-fed animals produce high-quality, nutrient-dense meat and dairy, but grass tends to be a self-sustaining food that, last time we checked, is essentially free. Pasture-based animal husbandry also enriches the land and promotes healthy environmental stewardship.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.vancouversun.com

http://www.naturalnews.com/027199_meat_fat_cattle.html

http://www.eatwild.com/healthbenefits.htm

Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.