The feds are ticked off at nations around the world that refuse to buy U.S. pork -- but if you knew what was really in "the other white meat," you wouldn't go near it either.
Up to 80 percent of U.S. pigs are given a drug called ractopamine hydrochloride, a beta antagonist that mimics stress hormones, to help make them up to 10 percent meatier.
It even works, too -- when it doesn't kill them first. This drug is the number two cause of death on factory farms, second only to the slaughterhouse blade itself.
Since 1999, at least 218,000 pigs have been killed by the drug... that we know of. The factories count themselves lucky if they can catch the sick pigs before they actually die--even if it means dragging pigs that are so sick they can't even walk into the slaughterhouse.
And before you go thinking, "poor pigs," think about what this means for YOU! Not only are you unknowingly eating the meat of sick and dying animals, you're also eating traces of the drug that nearly killed them.
The feds say not to worry, a little ractopamine won't cripple you the way it does the pigs. But what do they know? It's not like there are actual studies proving it's safe. And even though the company that makes the drug did include one whole human study in its safety assessment, it involved just six people, and one of them suffered such severe heart symptoms he had to withdraw!
And we expect to sell this junk to other nations? It's a crime we're feeding it to ourselves! Any country that refuses U.S. pork isn't being difficult or even anti-American. They're being SMART.
You don't have to give up chops and ribs if you want to be smart yourself -- just make sure your pork is organic.