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Tales from an opinionated Red Head

Oh how the misinformation flies…I’m talking to you hippie on Facebook…. June 19, 2012

Ok, I know that this world revolves on scaring the masses with misinformation in order to push an agenda, I get it.  But rarely do you actually get to hear a rebuttal from someone who can clearly refute stupid shit.  For instance, I saw this meme on facebook telling all of us that we should boycott these brands (pic posted) because they use Monsanto seeds….So, I’m like hmm, well I KNOW Orville Redenbacher and ACTII can’t be listed, I know that as a fact!!!  But alas!!! There was Orville, and I started to get my angry red head face.  Also, ConAgra as a whole company was listed, what a crock of _____.

For those who may not know, I’m a Sr. International Regulatory Affairs Specialist for ConAgra foods, so I actually know “stuff” that these dummies pretend to know and state as fact.  Fact, our popcorn has nothing to do with Monsanto.  Orville Redenbacher was actually a real dude who spent his life developing his own hybrid seeds.  ACTII, is the same and has been developed from hybridization over the years and also has nothing to do with Monsanto.

I mean really you anti Monsanto people….you listed every single manufacturer in the top 10 food companies in your list.  And, you are stupid because you list brands separately, and then whole companies…Perhaps your first google search should be which big companies own what brands, then you could at least be organized and consolidate you pack of lies.  Maybe you should inform your fellow hippies who care about transgenic food (which I don’t because the science is sound, take a genetics class) that there are certain crops that you or big companies can’t get enough of to use commercially.  Most corn and soy in the US and Canada are GMO, maybe you should look up the prices of identity preserved corn and its products before you try and outlaw it.  It’s up to 4 times more expensive (because few farmer’s grow it, because they can’t afford to, because the yields suck) than GMO corn.  In this economic climate, I don’t think most Americans what to double the price of food in the name of being a scared, non scientific, tree hugger.

I don’t care about Monsanto, I just care about the facts.  GMOs are fine. You’ve been eating them for years, as have our parents and grandparents….stop being afraid of science and maybe embrace the fact that GMOs have made it possible to grow corn in drought ridden Africa and fed starving populations. 

Last but not least, to the best of my knowledge, ConAgra is not owned by Monsanto….in fact if Monsanto did indeed have the trillions of dollars to own all of the companies (and brands) below, I’d totally try to get a job with them, considering they would control 90% of the US food supply….Get with it people and don’t believe this trash.

AND, you should list every food manufacturer that uses oils, corn syrup, and/or tocopherols, because my money’s on the GMOs.


NE Orders “pink slime” for schools next year….HELL YES NEBRASKA!!!! Way to stick to your educated beef loving guns! June 6, 2012

Victory for my new home state of Nebraksa!  I have to say I am very proud of Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota for not bending to the public’s irrational fears like some of even the biggest corporations, ahem McDonald’s.  Now the articles I have read have spun it, “Nearly every state opts out of LFTB (lean fine textured beef aka. pink slime)” and seem to be touting some kind of victory over all that is evil in the world…..Oh ye stupid stupid people, there is no victory here.  What have you gained?  Your kids are still eating fast food garbage, shitty pizza, cookies, sodas, etc. at school, but thank the sweet lord there isn’t LEAN beef in those burgers!!  Really, do you think the schools are serving the 90/10 ground beef?  Hell, no, I’d guesstimate its the bottom of the barrel (aka cheapest) available, and also the fattiest.  What else have we not gained…oh well, education, the facts for LFTB were presented and then it was like “eh, who cares?” nobody argued against them, because they knew they were right…so it comes down to, “Well, it still looks icky, so good for humanity that we did something about it …”

Am I really to believe that the bored housewives (particularlly an ex lawyer who is bitter about her cirumstances since she used to have a productive job, and now she is productive in saving the kids from the evils of food) actually send their kids to school without a packed lunch?  Am I to believe that these overly protective nanny mom’s let their kids eat school food?  Yeah, I doubt it, because they can afford to feed their kids…(let’s assume that since they are not working).  What about the parents who have to pay for their kids school lunch?  What if an extra 20 cents makes a difference to those parents?  What if by you (who’s kids dont NEED school lunch) making such a big fuss over nothing, costs the schools more money to purchase non LFTB meat, thereby increasing the price of the school lunch program??  Good one! You should be soooo proud of your petitions and media frenzy because you are just so damned intelligent and like Bloomberg, we should all thank you for looking out for us.

Just because you are a lawyer, or even just educated, doesn’t mean you know shit about food production.  Go back and get a Meat Science, Food Science, or Animal Science degree and get back to me.  Maybe I will loath you and your inaccuracies less….. (doubtful).


Here we go again…..Meat glue scares the crap out of big dummies, quick get on the bandwagon!!!! May 22, 2012

So, as you may know I am a huge advocate for the food and meat industries, and I feel qualified to stick up for some of the practices and in this case ingredients that get a bad rap. 4 years in poultry quality (4 separate plants ALL types of processing), 2 years in pet food, and now back in human food, I’ve picked up some facts along the way.

Meat glue=transglutaminase, which is a naturally occurring enzyme that even comes from fermenation instead of animal blood, so it’s kinda vegan actually 🙂  Anywho, it allows for pieces of meat to adhere to each other by speeding up a reaction between the proteins of the pieces of meat.  This is similar to that types of enzymes that cause meat tenderizing i.e. marinades.  It’s not scary, it won’t kill you (unless maybe you sniff it), and commercial food processors only use it in small amounts to effect texture.

Why the big fuss then?  Well apparently your butcher is eeeeeeevil, just like us big bad food corporations.  He sits around collecting scraps then uses meat glue to put them all together and charge you for filet.  Is it possible? Yes, anything is possible.  Is it likely that there is a huge steak conspiracy in America, doubtful.  Chefs and sometimes butchers USUALLY use it to put a few pieces (2-3) of meat together for a uniform piece of meat or for a neat combo of meats like wrapping salmon in chicken skin or bacon wrapped filets.

The fact that this is in the news is tres pathetique.  Shut up and eat your delicous filet mignon, even if it was once 2 pieces of filet mignon at birth 😉