Cattle farmers struggling with record corn prices are feeding their cows candy instead. That’s right, candy. Cows are being fed chocolate bars, gummy worms, ice cream sprinkles, marshmallows, bits of hard candy and even powdered hot chocolate mix, according to cattle farmers, bovine nutritionists and commodities dealers.
“It has been a practice going on for decades and is a very good way to for producers to reduce feed cost, and to provide less expensive food for consumers,” said Ki Fanning, a livestock nutritionist with Great Plains Livestock Consulting, Inc. in Eagle, Neb. Thanks farming industry, but it just seem so wrong that the beef you eat is brought to you by old outdated sprinkles.
Feeding candy to cows has become a more popular practice in tandem with the rising price of corn, which has doubled since 2009, fueled by government-subsidized demand for ethanol and this year’s drought. Thrifty and resourceful farmers are tapping into the obscure market for cast-off food ingredients. Cut-rate byproducts of dubious value for human consumption seem to make fine fodder for cows. While corn goes for about $315 a ton, ice-cream sprinkles can be had for as little as $160 a ton.
Could this be another reason why we have an obesity epidemic in our country?
What is the best water ionizer? And why could a water ionizer help our obesity problem? America’s obesity epidemic is fueled by Industrialized Processed Foods which are very acidic and contain man-made chemicals such as High Fructose Corn Syrup which are a cheaper alternative to Natural Cain Sugar due to US Government Subsidies. One should limit their consumption of over acidic foods and switch to a more alkaline diet and opt for sweet items which are made with Natural Cain Sugar.
Eggs are an excellent and relatively inexpensive source of protein and also provide vitamins A and D, some B vitamins, iron, zinc and other healthful substances, including choline and the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin. For most people, eating an egg a day, on average—or perhaps more—has no ill effects. It may even be beneficial.
For the last 50 years, health authorities have widely cautioned Americans against eating eggs. It was thought that their high cholesterol content would raise blood cholesterol and increase the risk of heart disease. But such fears were not based on much actual science. In fact, dietary cholesterol has relatively little effect on blood cholesterol in most people (saturated and trans fats are the bigger culprits).
And more recent research has largely exonerated eggs and even suggested that they may provide some heart benefits.
Our health is in our own hands. With the uncertainty of Affordable Health Care in our future, beef a staple of American food chain being raised on outdated candy, and acidic levels in our foods we have to be our own advocates. We can improve our health, but we must be informed and involved to do it.