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bicentennial_baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 03:37 PM
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My new boycott: Paula Deen *Graphic*
She's apparently a shill for Smithfield Foods. I just saw the commercial on FN. How disgusting. :mad:

Here's a good RS article on Smithfield:

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/12840743/por...

Smithfield Foods, the largest and most profitable pork processor in the world, killed 27 million hogs last year. That's a number worth considering. A slaughter-weight hog is fifty percent heavier than a person. The logistical challenge of processing that many pigs each year is roughly equivalent to butchering and boxing the entire human populations of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, Dallas, San Jose, Detroit, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, San Francisco, Columbus, Austin, Memphis, Baltimore, Fort Worth, Charlotte, El Paso, Milwaukee, Seattle, Boston, Denver, Louisville, Washington, D.C., Nashville, Las Vegas, Portland, Oklahoma City and Tucson.
Smithfield Foods actually faces a more difficult task than transmogrifying the populations of America's thirty-two largest cities into edible packages of meat. Hogs produce three times more excrement than human beings do. The 500,000 pigs at a single Smithfield subsidiary in Utah generate more fecal matter each year than the 1.5 million inhabitants of Manhattan. The best estimates put Smithfield's total waste discharge at 26 million tons a year. That would fill four Yankee Stadiums. Even when divided among the many small pig production units that surround the company's slaughterhouses, that is not a containable amount.

Smithfield estimates that its total sales will reach $11.4 billion this year. So prodigious is its fecal waste, however, that if the company treated its effluvia as big-city governments do -- even if it came marginally close to that standard -- it would lose money. So many of its contractors allow great volumes of waste to run out of their slope-floored barns and sit blithely in the open, untreated, where the elements break it down and gravity pulls it into groundwater and river systems. Although the company proclaims a culture of environmental responsibility, ostentatious pollution is a linchpin of Smithfield's business model.

A lot of pig shit is one thing; a lot of highly toxic pig shit is another. The excrement of Smithfield hogs is hardly even pig shit: On a continuum of pollutants, it is probably closer to radioactive waste than to organic manure. The reason it is so toxic is Smithfield's efficiency. The company produces 6 billion pounds of packaged pork each year. That's a remarkable achievement, a prolificacy unimagined only two decades ago, and the only way to do it is to raise pigs in astonishing, unprecedented concentrations.

Smithfield's pigs live by the hundreds or thousands in warehouse-like barns, in rows of wall-to-wall pens. Sows are artificially inseminated and fed and delivered of their piglets in cages so small they cannot turn around. Forty fully grown 250-pound male hogs often occupy a pen the size of a tiny apartment. They trample each other to death. There is no sunlight, straw, fresh air or earth. The floors are slatted to allow excrement to fall into a catchment pit under the pens, but many things besides excrement can wind up in the pits: afterbirths, piglets accidentally crushed by their mothers, old batteries, broken bottles of insecticide, antibiotic syringes, stillborn pigs -- anything small enough to fit through the foot-wide pipes that drain the pits. The pipes remain closed until enough sewage accumulates in the pits to create good expulsion pressure; then the pipes are opened and everything bursts out into a large holding pond.
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Fran Kubelik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 03:41 PM
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1. Oh wow.
I had given up eating pork, except for bacon. I suppose it is time to give up bacon as well.

That is incredibly sad. Thank you for posting that. Wow. :(
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Burma Jones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 03:56 PM
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2. You can always reduce your consumption and switch to Niman Ranch Products
And other, well, more humane purveyors.....
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bicentennial_baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 03:59 PM
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3. I so want to buy Niman Ranch stuff!
Right now, so not affordable, really. x(
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Burma Jones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 04:13 PM
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5. It is pricy....we eat a lot less bacon these days.......
Special occasions.......
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bicentennial_baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 04:16 PM
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7. I do want to order a small amount, at least to try.
And we could surely use to eat less meat overall in this house. :)
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Burma Jones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 04:24 PM
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15. We live near a Trader Joe's Grocery Store
If you're anywhere near one, they carry that sort of stuff.....
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bicentennial_baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 04:25 PM
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16. Thanks! Good to know!
We have those here :)
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Joe Fields Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 04:02 PM
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4. That's a stretch blaming Paula Dean for Smithfield Foods.
We are all whores for someone to some degree.
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bicentennial_baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 04:15 PM
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6. No, what I mean is that
I won't watch her food shows or products endorsed by her, like cookbooks. I was reading some, and apparently she's been made well aware of Smithfield's practices, via protests of others.
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yewberry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 04:18 PM
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8. I'm not sure she's ever made a thing I would eat.
She's one of those chefs who'd put melted butter in a salad.
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bicentennial_baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 04:19 PM
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10. Same here...I catch her show from time to time though...
As I have FN on the TV a lot of the time. :P
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grace0418 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 04:52 PM
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21. I know. I like butter just fine, and I'm certainly not a vegetarian. But her food makes
me ill just looking at it. I'm amazed she's not three times her size.
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Arkana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 05:49 PM
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28. Funny--for me, it's her goddamn VOICE.
My God, it's like a bag of cats being bashed with hammers.
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asthmaticeog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 04:18 PM
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9. This is how you spend your honeymoon? Pig shit?
Go do something fun ferfuxsakes!

:hi:
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bicentennial_baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 04:20 PM
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11. Ok, for the umpteenth time
(I really should make an official announcement, I guess)

The honeymoon isn't for 2 weeks!!! We have to work and stuff!

:hi: And we are having fun, on the porch, having a cocktail
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asthmaticeog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 04:24 PM
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14. Fair enough.
Honeymoon tomorrow, pig shit and cocktails today! :patriot:
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bicentennial_baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 04:28 PM
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18. Exactly right sir
:patriot:
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ceile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 04:22 PM
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12. Smithfield has other issues, too.
http://www.ufcw.org/working_america/case_against_smithf...

bad working conditions, no unions, illegals being arrested at the plant, etc....
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bicentennial_baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 04:23 PM
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13. Oh, I know!
But thanks for the link! :hi:
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ceile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 04:52 PM
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22. No problem.
I've lost track of how many petitions I've signed against them in the past year. Truly disgusting company.
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GOPisEvil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 04:27 PM
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17. As much as I like pork and pork products, I will never, ever purchase from Smithfield.
Ask them about their open pools of sludge that sometimes leak and smell vile all the time.
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bicentennial_baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 04:29 PM
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19. Yep. Good for you!
:hug:
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sniffa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 04:32 PM
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20. but you can never have enough butter
:puke:
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smtpgirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 05:08 PM
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23. Waitin' for Paula to have a set of knives & a brand of butter
named after her, sheesh, I buy "local" bacon at an IGA store.
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buddhamama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 05:11 PM
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24. i am boycotting them too
Edited on Mon Jul-16-07 05:13 PM by buddhamama
and have, for however long i've been a vegetarian. :P

the food that goes to feeding the pigs would be enough to ensure everyone had at least one square meal a day... something to consider.
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bicentennial_baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 05:12 PM
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25. Good point!
:) Thank you!
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buddhamama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 05:20 PM
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26. in all seriousness, sister girl
thanks for posting this; it is good info to have. :) :thumbsup:
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bicentennial_baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 05:21 PM
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27. You're very welcome, and
I agree 100% :)
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 05:56 PM
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29. If you have a weak stomach do NOT click on that link to Rolling Stone
I get the magazine and :scared:
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AtomicKitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 07:08 PM
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30. " ... immobility, poisonous air, and terror of confinement"
This Rolling Stone article continues to haunt me.
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LisaM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 07:13 PM
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31. I think it would be worthwhile to keep pinging Paula Deen on this
Heck, thanks for making ME aware of this (I tend to try and get local meat or to buy at Whole Foods, but this is good to know).
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