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The massive grass roots campaign over the topic of "pink slime" which seemingly came out of nowhere, and led to the bankruptcy of the company producing the substance, shows just why product branding can be such a profitable industry. Had the company taken a hint from the Goldman playbook and dubbed the peculiar substance an "Asymmetric Meat Initiative" all would have been forgotten in days, if not hours. Unfortunately, the mechanical process of "lean finely textured beef", aka pink slime, is just the beginning. As ProPublica shows, after pink slime, there comes Mechanically Separated Meat, aka "White Slime", and then Advanced Meat Recovery. And if recent history is a guide, any entities that have an equity stake in these last two processes should be afraid, very afraid, because the fate that befell the first, is about to visit the other two, in the process making such other 'delicacies" as bologna, hot dogs, taco filling, and meatballs surge in price once the traditional cheap "filler" substance is taken away by the same people who consume said meat byproducts in droves, in the process likely ending the concept of the dollar menu for good as restaurants have no choice but to resort to quality food. Ironically, will fat America itself, terrified by concepts such a colored slime, be responsible for its own weening from some of the worst products on earth, and in the process raise the price of food, and force itself to eat less? Will the end of the "slimes" be the one savior of the massively underfunded US welfare state as America gets healthy and lean again? Alas, we doubt it. But one can always hope.

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Fri, 04/13/2012 - 00:29 | 2340694 Atomizer
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SPAM (squirrel,possum and monkey) has become the new filet mignon.

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 06:43 | 2341004 Freewheelin Franklin
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Soon, it will be the new currency.

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 00:32 | 2340704 chenn
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Awww, Look at the city kids get worked up when they figure out where their food comes from.

When the pink slime campaign first started I said to a friend, "I guess nobody has ever seen balogna made before".  Now they have moved on to attacking balogna.  We use as much of the animal as possible to keep food prices down.  Go out and try some pickled pigs feet sometime or cows tongue (which is delicious BTW) or head cheese (which is disgusting but edible).

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 00:38 | 2340717 atomicwasted
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So what?  Capitalism = efficiency.  Waste not, want not.  I love that we are efficient and ingeneous enough to strip every useful cell out of that carcass.

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 01:13 | 2340761 jonjon831983
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I think this is telling something about the food supply.  Not enough regular protein to go around, they need to scrape up whatever they can to bring food prices down within the US.

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 01:32 | 2340780 Samual Adams
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The US population will see a surge of negative dips, of course this is all transitory and priced-in to the food market.

"We have to feed the proles shitty 'food' in order to save the proles."  

This slime shit storm and proccessed frankenfoodz(GMO) are just the Precurser to Soylent Green.  

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 01:30 | 2340770 Dingleberry
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Pink slime?

Try eating vegemite....bitchez. 

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 02:17 | 2340830 TruthInSunshine
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You sonofabitch.

I won't be able to get that song out of my head now.

I said, "Do you speak-a my language?"

 He just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich.

 

Men at Work - Down Under
Fri, 04/13/2012 - 03:22 | 2340879 Angus McHugepenis
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That's so 80's

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 07:34 | 2341058 Grassfed
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The continuing mob action about Pink Slime is doing nothing to advance the knowledge of the consumer.  In fact it puts their knowledge level in retrograde.

http://www.texasgrassfedbeef.com/pink_slime.htm

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 01:56 | 2340806 sullymandias
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Um, I highly doubt that people are going to stop eating these scraps. Lean winter coming. Eat or die.

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 03:24 | 2340882 Monedas
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Fecal corn contains no slime !  Stay away from the mechanically separated fecal corn, although ! Be like a good North Korean and use your stainless steel Taiwanese Tweezers !   Monedas   2012    Mechanical humour and canned laughter !!

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 03:41 | 2340888 headless blogger
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BREAKING NEWS...This just in:

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/upshot/george-zimmerman-buys-79-84-worth-ite...

It doesn't get any better than this.

 

Meanwhile, on less worthy news, we are being poisoned by the food industry, if we choose to eat.

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 06:47 | 2341006 lakecity55
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"cooling his heals...?"

Anyone can be a "Journo-list" or "Editor."

They put ads for those jobs on matchbook covers.

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 05:09 | 2340933 zonetraders
Fri, 04/13/2012 - 05:18 | 2340943 sickray
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look here's the thing, this doesn't matter at all

 

lolhippies

 

lolpeta

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 05:29 | 2340951 Overflow-admin
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Pink slime or not, if the red meat you eat is not grass-fed in liberty, the meat you'll eat will not be healthy (mainly b/c of bad omega6 to omega3 ratio). The only thing we can do is try to gently inform people. But it's so hard to convince brainwashed zombie-consumers ^^

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 05:34 | 2340954 El Gordo
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Everything but the squeal.  Yum, yum.

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 06:04 | 2340975 Freewheelin Franklin
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That's what they say about that Pennsylvania Dutch delicacy, scrapple. And yes, it really is everything but the "oink".

 

http://www.globalgourmet.com/food/sleuth/0998/scrapple.html#axzz1rugcQuBo

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 05:53 | 2340971 El Gordo
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From the movie "Slingblade" as Karl shares potted meat with his little buddy Frank...

Karl: [Eating potted meat] I reckon it tastes alright.
Frank: You really think it's got peckers in there?
Karl: You know better than that. You ought not say that word.
Frank: It smells funny.
Karl: Yeah, it's pretty loud. Looky there. I believe you right. I believe I see one right in there.
[They laugh]

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 06:11 | 2340979 Sathington Willougby
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I call it a Kaiser blade.

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 06:24 | 2340989 hyperbole2000
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My kids a a rabbit for a pet. I tell them that if they don't take care of him properly, i.e. clean his cage, they will be eating him for supper.

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 06:37 | 2340999 BigInJapan
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Yeah but hotdogs taste good...

Bologna tastes good...

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 06:44 | 2341005 lakecity55
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North Koreans would prefer this to eating each other.

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 06:50 | 2341011 lakecity55
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Long on SPAM.

"It's whats for dinner."

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 06:54 | 2341017 BigInJapan
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Tyler,

All this ranting and raving about "(insert color here) slime" and not one article about the dangers of corn?

Tell me you're not just another Manhattan prettyboy with an invite to the PETA ball.

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 07:34 | 2341057 Grassfed
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The continuing mob action about Pink Slime is doing nothing to advance the knowledge of the consumer.  In fact it puts their knowledge level in retrograde.

http://www.texasgrassfedbeef.com/pink_slime.htm

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 09:33 | 2341306 eftian
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The data comes from Nutrition Data and it gets its data from the U.S. government.

nuff said

 

 


Fri, 04/13/2012 - 09:49 | 2341357 Grassfed
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The data for Kale comes from the government too.  That data indicates you should be eating mostly Kale for optimal health.  Guess what, that's an absolute fact.  Also, the data for nuts and whole grains comes from the government and it indicates that those food items are mostly garbage.  Guess what, that's an absolute fact too.  An animal that lives on green leafy material for its whole life has the same nutrients as the green leafy material.  The green leaf is the foundation food for all animal life.  Those are facts too.  Your response is a perfect example of what I'm talking about.  It's ignorance overladen with more ignorance.  nuff said.

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