Look Mom! A Cow Eating a Lollipop!

Yes, ladies & gentleman.  The latest and greatest in cow feed.

CANDY.

You think I jest?  Check out the latest in a Reuters article that was posted September, 23rd.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/23/us-usa-cattle-candy-idUSBRE88M05N20120923

“(Reuters) – Mike Yoder’s herd of dairy cattle are living the sweet life. With corn feed scarcer and costlier than ever, Yoder increasingly is looking for cheaper alternatives — and this summer he found a good deal on ice cream sprinkles.

“It’s a pretty colorful load,” said Yoder, who operates about 450 dairy cows on his farm in northern Indiana. “Anything that keeps the feed costs down.””

Thanks to a drought, and a bad crop this year, feed costs have become incredibly high – and this was the apparent solution – expired candy.  So…let me get this.  We don’t feed it to our children.  We won’t eat it ourselves.  But we will eat animals -that are meant to eat grass – eat this crap?  I mean corn-based diets already cause enough problems for these poor animals.  According to food blog Fooducate,

“Animal nutrition experts agree that ruminants such as cows are able to ingest and digest a wide variety of foods (unlike birds and pigs), but this seems to be quite an extreme. Cows eat grass, that’s what their digestive system was designed to do.

The factory farm practice of feeding them mostly corn (highly subsidized by the government) is already problematic – it messes up their liver and digestive system, requiring constant medication. Now these poor animals are being subjected to gummy bears full of artificial ingredients, preservatives, and what not.” http://blog.fooducate.com/2012/10/04/beef-corn-fed-grass-fed-and-now-candy-fed/

Imagine what this new switch towards expired sugary treats means for them!   More problems for the cows?  More antibiotics/hormones to cover up the issues?   This is insane!   An all time low.  There should be way more being done to regulate animal feed.   I know most people will say, “Buy organic.”  But not everyone can afford it – so what?  They aren’t entitled to healthy living and healthy eating if they can’t afford it?  Their options are limited to sugary fake juices and sub par burgers from candy-fed cows (amongst other things which would probably turn your stomach)?  It’s a broken system where money reigns supreme.  Ethics have gone by the wayside.

Really fuming at this…

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