It is outrageous that meat manufacturers are allowed to use up to 15 percent of this goop, what is essentially meat waste byproducts (think connective tissue and scraps), mixed with the chemical Ammonia, into meat sold in grocery stores without labeling it. No where is it labeled that the chemical Ammonia was used in processing. And according to Oliver, pink slime is in over 17 percent of all meat products.
Specifically, according to HealthPop, one of this biggest markets for this ghastly stuff is schools. They are reportedly using 7 million pounds of it in student lunches.
Just when you think your voice doesn’t make a difference, think again. Because of the outrage over pink slime, schools are rushing to get it out of their school lunch programs due to parent feedback.
Schools are listening, according to the New York Times. Is yours? Find out and advocate for local, grass fed beef in your school. In the very least, make sure they aren’t still using meat products made with pink slime.
Call and ask if your school excepts USDA beef, as not all do. If they do, ask what they are doing about the pink slime in government beef. If they don’t know, explain that you are concerned about the health and safety of this meat and chemical byproduct. Share the video, Jamie Oliver’s new site Stop Pink Slime, and this post, or other news articles.
If you meet resistance, or feel like the school officials don’t know, or won’t change, ask some of your friends and fellow parents to call and express their concerns as well. It does make a difference and has in many schools nationwide.
To me, this is evidence of a food revolution, and the power of social media. We need to know what is in our food, where it comes from, what it is treated with, and how it will effect us. Especially in food for our children. More and more people are waking up to how far we have come from local food systems that benefit our bodies, communities, and the land.