A recent newspaper article brought home once again the extraordinary reality of industrialized food production – and lengths that some in the US food and farming industry will go to in the pursuit of "efficiency." This time, it was an article in the LA Times about the currently legal practice of feeding US cattle so-called "poultry litter." An unlikely sounding cattle feed, poultry litter is actually made up of industrial chicken feces, spilled chicken feed, feathers and other poultry waste collected from the floors of factory farms across the US. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – which is responsible for protecting public health and is at the center of this current situation for continuing to permit poultry litter as a feedstuff – estimates that US farmers currently feed between one and two million tons of poultry litter to their cattle each year.
Jesse Kornbluth on the Huffington Post sings the praises of Omega-3.
He writes: “I started paying attention to these fatty acids when I read Nina Planck’s Real Food: What to Eat and Why, and was dazzled by the range of benefits they provide: heart health, brain growth, mental balance.”
“So…what’s the best way to get your Omega-3?
Ideally, from natural food — it’s not hard to consume the equivalent of two grams of fish oil a day without taking a pill. Try “fatty” fish: salmon, herring, mackerel, sturgeon, and anchovies. Or a tablespoon of canola oil in salad dressing. Or walnuts — a handful of walnuts has as much omega-3 as 3.5 ounces of salmon. Or broccoli, cantaloupe, kidney beans, spinach, grape leaves, Chinese cabbage or cauliflower. Highly recommended: flaxseed oil, or better, ground flaxseed, or protein from grass-fed animals.” [emphasis supplied]
That’s right! Grassfed. Ask your grocer to carry it!