Saturday, January 15, 2011

smug vegetarian time

So, as avid readers of this blog who hang on my every golden word, you no doubt remember this post which featured a picture of the pink goo that is destined to become your chicken McNuggets. Here, just in case you forgot the velvety, delicious texture of what a living bird looks like after it has been mashed, beak, claws and all through a fine sieve:

Now feast your eyes on this article via huffpost which tells us that up to 50 percent of the contents of a McNugget are not actually chicken.

What's that? Oh, no big deal you say. Filler and grains and whatnot--no big deal. How about a petroleum-based anti-oxidant? Well, how about a silicone anti-foaming agent also found in Silly Putty?

(Looking at that picture, I can totally see that. In fact, I want to take that chicken goo and stick it to the comics page! Oh, Marmaduke! You're too big for that couch!!)  From huffpost:

Do you put dimethylpolysiloxane, an anti-foaming agent made of silicone, in your chicken dishes? How about tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ), a chemical preservative so deadly just five grams can kill you?
These are just two of the ingredients in a McDonald's Chicken McNugget. Only 50 percent of a McNugget is actually chicken. The other half includes corn derivatives, sugars, leavening agents and completely synthetic ingredients.
 Not to mention all the other atrocious food-based crimes associated with fast food. In all seriousness, here is the concept that got me interested in Jonathan Safran Foer's 'Eating Animals': how can any parent of good conscience feed these kinds of things to their child? Especially when we consider that a child cannot make his own choices? How can feeding a child these kinds of things not be considered child abuse? If you squirted caulk in your kid's mouth, that would be abusive behavior, right? Why not deep-fried caulk packaged in bright colors and hawked by a creepy pedo clown?

Hey little girl. I likes yer chikken...

Seriously, what is wrong with this country?

If Ronald McDonald were a pedo, at least there are very few children so fat and slow that he'd be able to catch them.

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