143 million pounds of beef recalled

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“Today marks the largest beef recall in U.S. history, and it involves the national school lunch program and other federal food and nutrition programs,” said U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, chairman of the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. “This begs the question: How much longer will we continue to test our luck with weak enforcement of federal food safety regulations?”

As if eating meat after reading Fast Food Nation wasn’t scary enough, an undercover video has surfaced and caused 143 MILLION pounds of beef to be recalled before it reaches children’s lunches. 

Federal officials suspended operations at Westland/Hallmark after an undercover video from the Humane Society of the United States surfaced showing crippled and sick animals being shoved with forklifts.
Two former employees were charged Friday. Five felony counts of animal cruelty and three misdemeanors were filed against a pen manager. Three misdemeanor counts — illegal movement of a non-ambulatory animal — were filed against an employee who worked under that manager. Both were fired.
Two former employees were charged Friday. Five felony counts of animal cruelty and three misdemeanors were filed against a pen manager. Three misdemeanor counts — illegal movement of a non-ambulatory animal — were filed against an employee who worked under that manager. Both were fired.When the cows became unable to walk after passing inspection, it went unreported, which violates USDA health regulations.

Although the health threat is likely small, what does this mean to us? How many cattle were sacrificed to make an example out of this company? Although I think it is greatly justified, and thankfully for once, done as a preventative measure, things are clearly out of control. 
After reading Fast Food Nation I swore I would not consume any meat that I had not seen raised, slaughtered, and butcher before me. But come on, that was  never realistic. Most of us love our meat and most of us would be completely turned off if we actually had that connection with the animal before we consumed it. 
So what are our choices? Buy a hind quarter of a locally raised heirloom cow and store it in its subprimals in a coffin freezer? If any if us even considered that, where would we fit it and how would we justify the excess electricity carbon footprint? Or maybe we should buy strictly from Whole Paycheck Foods? Or maybe we have to eat only meat prepared at home because you can’t risk ingesting it at a restaurant?
I hate the feeling of being paranoid about what I eat. There is a risk of knowing too much, as with many things. Politics for example, I’d almost rather remain ignorant about what is going on than want to hide under my blankets until it is all over after watching the local news . The difference with food is, I’d rather take my chances while making educated decisions and avoid unnecessary purchases, versus becoming a vegan, going broke between driving to farms and farmers markets to buy expensive produce and meats, and overall becoming a pain in the ass on society, because lord knows we can’t let anyone else enjoy their meal while these atrocities are going on.
In the end we all vote with the dollar, so make what educated purchases you can, and for those of you with families, remember who you are effecting when you make those decisions. 
Definitely watch the videos to the left of the article in associated press.  
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