A couple of years ago, Jamie Oliver created a TV show called Food Revolution. He traveled around the country performing demonstrations to his audience that illustrated the American food supply chain. The clip above was performed to school children and their parents describing the meat that is used in their school lunches. As you watch the clip, you can see the parent’s faces melt. They cannot believe that a school is serving their children leftover ‘beef’ cleaned with ammonia. As the episode continues, he asks the parents how they feel about this demonstration? If they think the government has the right to hide this from society?
Why is there no requirement for meat producers to label their packages? If anyone was knowledgeable of the fact that these leftover parts and ammonia made up 15% of their meat, I think that they would be willing to pay an extra dollar or two for organic grass fed beef. Shouldn’t the government be looking out for the health of society? Or at least the health of the future generations? Isn’t this unethical?
I believe that the government has an ethical responsibility to monitor the food we eat. There should be a standard for what parts of meat enter into the market. Humans should not be eating parts of meat that are processed into dog food. Even if the government cannot create standard to monitor this inclusion of parts and chemicals, they should require meat producers to explicitly label their products. Unfortunately, it appears that the government has a relationship with the meat production industry.