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Trends and Health Implications Meat consumption in the United States has nearly doubled in the last century.

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Americans are now among the top per capita meat consumers in the world; the average American eats more than three times the global average. While per capita poultry consumption has increased, the majority of meat consumed is still red meat beef, pork, lamband nearly a quarter is processed meat hot dogs, bacon, sausages, deli meats, etc.

Health & Environmental Implications of U.S. Meat Consumption & Production

Studies give several reasons: While there is no specific federal guidance on the type or amount of daily meat consumption, key recommendations in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines include choosing a variety of protein foods, increasing the amount and variety of seafood consumed, reducing saturated fat intake, and increasing fruit and vegetable intake.

Public Health Concerns, from Farm to Fork Almost all of the meat, dairy products, and eggs produced in the United States come from industrial food animal production IFAP operations that confine thousands of cattle, tens of thousands of pigs, or as many as hundreds of thousands of chickens at a single facility —and produce enormous amounts of animal waste.

IFAP raises serious public health concerns for industry workers, rural communities, consumers of animal products, and the general public. The feed given to industrially-raised cattle, hogs, and poultry is specially formulated to maximize production at the lowest possible cost.

  • However, the number of cases caused by each of these agents — or their cancer risk among the general population — varies;
  • Food contaminants are any substances not intentionally added to food, which are present in such food as a result of the production including operations carried out in crop farming, animal husbandry and aquaculture , manufacture, processing, preparation, treatment, packing, packaging, transport or holding of such food or as a result of environmental contamination;
  • According to this study, people who eat processed food will cut their TEF in half, effectively reducing the amount of calories they burn throughout the day;
  • A meat thermometer is used in modern kitchen which measures the internal temperature of cooked meat and poultry, or any other dishes, to assure that a safe temperature has been reached and that harmful bacteria have been destroyed.

These feeds may contain antibiotics, arsenical drugs, rendered animal carcasses, and other ingredients that may lead to the introduction of harmful contaminants into our food supply. The routine use of low doses of antibiotics in feed contributes to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Food Processing & Slaughterhouses

Workers in IFAP operations may face numerous hazards, including toxic gases from animal waste, 6 and crowded, unsanitary conditions ripe for the transmission of diseases from animals to workers, who might then spread infections to their communities. Workers are at high risk for antibiotic-resistant infections, particularly if they incur cuts or scrapes.

Animals raised in IFAP operations may be subjected to overcrowding, confined conditions that severely restrict movement, bodily alterations without pain relief, jolting during transport, feed deprivation, early weaning, and other physical and emotional harms. Frequent contact among large populations of hogs, birds, and humans — such as where industrial hog and poultry operations are sited in close proximity — offer ideal conditions for the generation of new influenza viruses.

  1. Based on that study, a person who eats 50 grams per day of processed meat has an 18 percent higher chance of developing colorectal cancer. There is also evidence that fiber can slow down the absorption of carbohydrates and help us feel more satisfied with fewer calories 18 , 19.
  2. On a population level, the WHO report cites this epidemiology meta analysis , which examined colorectal cancer studies going back to 1966. Smoking of meat and fish for preservation and flavouring is an old practice.
  3. Cooking or peeling does not inactivate the toxin, and all parts are poisonous.
  4. Low-density polyethylene LDPE is used to make films of various sorts, some bread and frozen food bags and squeezable bottles. Once a week, make it a habit to throw out perishable foods that should no longer be eaten.

Manure is a valuable resource for promoting soil fertility, but the volume of waste generated by IFAP operations often overwhelms the capacity of nearby cropland to absorb it, leaving the excess to contaminate drinking water and waterways. As a result, downstream communities may be exposed to a range of groundwater contaminants, including nitrates, disease-causing organisms, and heavy metals.

People living near or downstream from IFAP operations may be forced to cope with the health and social impacts of contaminated air and water. Odors from nearby operations are more than just unpleasant smells; they have been associated with high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances, and other harms. In many cases, the burden of public health harms arising from IFAP falls disproportionately upon low-income communities and communities of color — populations already affected by poorer health status and lack of access to medical care.

When animal waste contaminates water sources, for example, contaminants can be transferred to plant surfaces when crops are irrigated.

  1. This is also known as the "food reward hypothesis of obesity.
  2. In order to maximize profits, meat processors have continually increased the speed of their production lines. Twenty years ago, meatpacking plants slaughtered about 175 cattle an hour, but, due to increased line speeds, today plants can slaughter as many as 400 cattle per hour.
  3. These chemicals can be hazardous, and there is always a chance of contamination of agriculture produce with residues of these chemicals.
  4. Eat real fats like coconut oil and olive oil instead. For this reason, massive resources are spent on making foods as desirable as possible.

Global and Ecological Concerns Industrial food animal production IFAP contributes to ecological harms that affect our land, air, and water. Raising animals for food also has implications for global climate change, and our capacity to feed a growing global population.

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Manure spills from swine operations have also been implicated in outbreaks of toxic microorganisms that resulted in massive fish kills. Growing crops for animal feed entails a highly inefficient use of water, and places a strain on diminishing freshwater reserves. By some estimates, between 1,600 2 and 2,500 3 gallons of water are needed to produce one pound of feedlot beef.

Animal agriculture generates a significant amount of greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change, and the increased frequency and severity of flooding, droughts, and other weather events expected to follow.

  • Unsafe food containing harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances, causes more than 200 diseases - ranging from diarrhoea to cancers;
  • What is food preservation and which are common methods of preservation?
  • Adequate information shall be given about the manner in which the food additive is to be kept and is to be used in food.

Contrary to claims that IFAP is efficient, the vast majority of calories and protein in feed crops are lost when they are converted to animal products. By some estimates, global food production would need to double by 2050 if we expect to feed the growing population.

The prospect of attaining this goal is severely limited by the amount of agricultural land devoted to raising animals for food. In North America, for example, only 40 percent of cropland is devoted to growing food for direct human consumption; the bulk of the remainder is devoted to feed crops.

  • Cans that appear to have swelled or bulged, or unopened jars with pressure pop- up centres that have popped up should not be consumed and should be thrown away;
  • Defrost frozen food in the refrigerator, cold water or in the microwave.