In a shocking revelation that we should all be horrified about, it was brought to light that farmers are feeding cast-off candy to cows in an attempt to secure cheap carbs and save money. If you haven’t come across this yet, here is CNN’s coverage – http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/19/health/spilled-skittles-road-trnd.
Yes, it is true that this imperfect candy could otherwise end up at the landfill, but when an animal science professor goes on record saying, “I think it’s a viable (diet)” and “it’s a good way to get nutrients in these cattle” there’s no way I’m the only one shaking my head thinking is this guy for real? Let’s just take a look at a Skittles label and doing some thinking for ourselves.
Sugar, Corn Syrup, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil, Apple Juice from Concentrate, Less than 2% Citric Acid, Dextrin, Modified Corn Starch, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Coloring (Includes Yellow 6 Lake, Red 40 Lake, Yellow 5 Lake, Blue 2 Lake, Yellow 5, Red 40, Yellow 6, Blue 1 Lake, Blue 1), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C).
I fail to see how anything in this list is part of a “viable” diet or contains any “nutrients”! More so the huge amount of sugar, the hydrogenated palm kernel oil, the artificial flavours and the plethora of food colourings are reasons why you wouldn’t want to eat this. What is even more concerning than that is the fact that someone who is supposed to be knowledgeable, responsible, and educates others in the field of animal science thinks that feeding cows Skittles and other candy is not just acceptable, but a good solution to save candy from the landfill. This fact simply shows how disconnected we’ve become individually from the food that we put in our body. Yes, grassfed costs more than traditionally marketed beef in the store, but this really just drives home the reason that I spend a bit more. I’d rather have less higher quality, nutritious beef per meal and flesh it out with vegetables, than eat more sub-standard beef that eats Skittles and other candy daily.