1. Dirty tricks from dirty farms

    Freedom Friday: Farms want to turn information into a crime

    The Big Food producers are sick and tired of all those embarrassing photos and videos of abusive and disturbing practices at their factory farms, and they're finally ready to do something about it.

    And if you're thinking, "they're going to make farms better and produce safer food," you're obviously not thinking like a food industry boss.

    Nope... that would be much too hard, not to mention expensive. Here's a much easier solution: Ban the photos and videos, and have anyone caught taking them thrown into jail.

    No more pictures of drug-crazed animals living knee-deep in their own feces moments before being slaughtered and shipped off to your dinner table... no more problems.

    Out of sight, out of mind. Wasn't that easy?

    I'm not exaggerating here. Just take a look at the industry-backed laws making their way through statehouses across the nation. A proposed law in Iowa, for example, would make it illegal to own or even possess a video secretly obtained at a factory farm.

    In Nebraska, anyone who gets a job with the intent of checking out a farm operation would be guilty of a felony. In Utah, taking a single photo or even recording a bit of audio on a farm without permission would be a crime.

    One bill in New York would make photographing animal abuse on a farm a much bigger crime than the actual abuse of the animal!

    But if any industry needs more whistleblowers and more investigators, it's the factory farm industry.

    Those places are festering stink-pits where animals are raised in the most deplorable conditions imaginable. It's so bad that cows and pigs have to be constantly pumped full of drugs just to survive the experience.

    This isn't just an animal welfare issue. This is a human health issue, because those drugs end up in the food and on your dinner table.

    Even worse, the antibiotics used on factory farms are creating a new and powerful wave of frightening superbugs -- and any day now, I fully expect one of them to cause a major outbreak among humans.

    That's why even I -- a card-carrying carnivore -- won't touch the "meat" that comes from these joints, and you shouldn't either.

    If you want steak, visit a quality butcher who gets his meats from an organic farm. And for more on the proposed laws -- and what you can do to stop them -- visit the Web site of the Alliance for Natural Health.

  2. Pets vs. people in diet double dare

    Jenny Craig is already one of the worst diets for humans, and Purina makes some of the worst slop ever fed to an animal -- so it's only natural that the two should team up.

    They've created a double dose of nightmares called "Project Pet Slim Down" aimed at both animals and their owners: Diet Purina chow for your tubby pooch, and the Jenny Craig diet for you.

    Of course, both companies are owned by Nestle, the candy and food conglomerate that made both you and your dog fat in the first place -- so any concern over weight is purely coincidental.

    Under this new buddy system, you're supposed to give Fido a prescription kibble that's even worse than the usual store-bought garbage.

    Don't believe me? Just look at the first seven ingredients in Purina's diet dog chow: whole grain corn, corn gluten meal, soybean hulls, soybean germ meal, soybean meal, pea fiber, and wheat gluten.

    Have you ever seen a dog beg for soybean hulls? Roll over for pea fiber? Of course not... and if you keep giving him this junk, his next "trick" will be play dead.

    And if you think that's bad, check out the outrageously expensive processed garbage you're expected to eat as part of the Jenny Craig diet. Those frozen meals will set you back around $600 a month, not including drinks, fruits, and vegetables.

    You'll lose weight all right -- in your wallet!

    Here's the truth about all those overpriced TV dinners: People who manage to stick with Jenny Craig lose an average of around 15 pounds over two years.

    All that time, money, and effort -- and just 15 pounds to show for it.

    On a low-carb diet, you can lose more than that in two months -- and still have plenty of scratch left over to feed your pet right.

  3. The danger coming from America's farms

    The feds are in a tizzy over a lab-created bird flu virus they fear can be weaponized and turned into a super killer, yet they won't say a word about the other "labs" churning out superbugs... America's factory farms.
  4. New wave of obesity hits pets

    You know what they say about people looking like their pets? Turns out it's true -- because half of all pets in America are now overweight.

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