There's no doubt about it--almost everybody loves bacon. The real question is: what are you "bakin' in you bacon?"
If the meat is from standard, factory-raised pigs, you may want to think again. In addition to the gross unsanitary conditions these pigs are raised in, and the GMO feed they are given, there is yet another reason to steer clear: ractopamine. Ractopamine is an unstable drug used to boost growth rates of pigs. Side effects have included cardiovascular issues (on a human who was tested with drug), and the inability to walk/stand (for pigs). How sad!
Due to the safety hazards of pork tainted with ractopamine, multiple countries have banned meat from the U.S.
Here's a few quotes from our latest comic for you to look into:
“Like dozens of countries, China bans the use of Ractopamine that is fed to more than three-quarters of American hogs to help them gain muscle faster while eating less grain.” August 2015 -www.bloomberg.com
“China halts some U.S. pork imports over feed additive use.” August 2014 -www.reuters.com
“China wants nothing to do with America’s drugged-up pork. ” August 2015 -grubstreet.com
“This is a safety issue. There can be no compromise. The EU, Russia, and China, among other countries voted against the decision by the International Food Code to allow some residual content of Ractopamine in meat.”
-globalmeatnews.com March 2013
So, what's the solution? Pasture-raised pigs! See how ours are raised below.
(Pssst, show your kids this video. They'll love the little piglets!)
Raised rooting happily within our fir tree forest, our pigs are GMO-free, soy-free and drug-free!
Enjoy nutrient dense meat to feed you and your family.
Pair with our Favorite Bill's Blue Cheese Dip! Scroll down for recipe.
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