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USDA Closes School Lunch Meatpacker, Kids Don't Know Pork

USDA Closes School Lunch Meatpacker, Kids Don't Know Pork

The USDA just shut down an LA slaughterhouse that had been the distributor for Westland Meat Company, the ground beef supplier for the National School Lunch Program.

Meanwhile, on the UK side of the pond, LEAF, Linking Environment and Farming, just released a video to help kids learn that sausages don't grow on trees. The video "demonstrates the sausage-making process, from farm to plate." True story. This comes after a survey last year showed that 22 percent of adults didn't know that bacon and sausage come from farms.

Knowing where your food comes from and safety regulations are crucial. LEAF was founded to help environmentalists, consumers, and farmers make positive strides for all concerned. To see how the UK is winning at the smart and sane farm game,


LEAF started because:

"They were motivated by a common concern for the future of farming and keen to develop a system of farming which was realistic and achievable for the majority of farmers."

The LEAF survey, among other things, showed that people are becoming increasing disconnected from their food and where it comes from. Part of the reason I'm vegan is that after having grown up on a farm, closer to where my meat and dairy originated, I know that beef doesn't spring forth, wrapped in Saran wrap, and land in a Safeway cooler. Environmental and legislative consequences are becoming increasingly relevant.

While exploring the Environmental Legislation posted on the British Pig Executives website, I uncovered this — in the US, each pig farm is responsible for its own environmental plan. Is this a good idea? Can agencies like LEAF be more effective than the USDA to help kids and the environment?


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CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
when i was little, i was privvy to where meat comes from. Our pigs would have babies and my mom wouldnt let us name them, because they would end up in our fridge. I witnessed and later helped my dad slaughter the pigs,cows,rabbits,chickens,etc and it really makes you appreciate your food more. we eventually did name the animals, but they had to be food names like Big Mac, Pork chop, mcnugget, freezer...
gigill gigill 9 years
I am disturbed that so many people didn't know where bacon and sausage comes from.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i thin that it's VERY important to understand where food comes from and what's in the process. if you're relying on the school system to feed children - then it's key to understand that things are done in a proper manner and educate everyone.
JovianSkies JovianSkies 9 years
It's a fantastic idea to educate children on matters of food, ecosystems, farming, the Earth, etc. I hope they continue teaching this way!
Bettyesque Bettyesque 9 years
Excuse my duplicate post .. long day. :(
Bettyesque Bettyesque 9 years
I saw the Film Jill..Fast Food Nation was a really depiction of the meat industry. Education is key and people need to know the link between Livestock Production, energy and the environment. Not to mention its effects on hunger and poverty. I just hearted an interesting article on this topic that was in the NY Times ... I recently had to do a paper on this for one of my course. Check it out.
Princesskitty22 Princesskitty22 9 years
remedios, I LOVE that episode. lmao
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I am all for small farms, organic, kosher meat products. Has anyone seen "Fast Food Nation"? Big meat factories are not good for so many reasons, especially food quality.
foxie foxie 9 years
What a funny picture... children should be taught what farms REALLY look like these days.
bythesea bythesea 9 years
Thats what i was thinking, remedios. Where do those 22% think bacon and sausage come from? Trees?
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 9 years
I think everyone should know exactly where their meat comes from. (Like I've said before... It's the responsible thing to do. This is one of hundreds (thousands?) of slaughterhouses using these practices. You can find tons of factory farm workers who have talked about their experiences. I can't understand why anyone would treat any kind of animal in such a sick, cruel way.
remedios remedios 9 years
I'm confused. Where did they think the meat came from? Reminds me of the Simpson episode - Homer: Wait a minute wait a minute wait a minute. Lisa honey, are you saying you're *never* going to eat any animal again? What about bacon? Lisa: No. Homer: Ham? Lisa: No. Homer: Pork chops? Lisa: Dad! Those all come from the same animal! Homer: [Chuckles] Yeah, right Lisa. A wonderful, magical animal.
Princesskitty22 Princesskitty22 9 years
I think it's a good idea to educate people and increase scrutiny on farms and such so that we get good quality meat that is disease and cruelty free.
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