Rick Perry and two other U.S. governors are going to publicly eat some “pink slime” just to prove to all of us that consuming this so-called meat which is made from cattle scraps that are then treated with ammonium hydroxide (to kill bacteria) is simply not bad for us. Yeah, right…
The Texas governor will be joined by Iowa governor Terry Branstad and Kansas governor Sam Brownback along with representatives from several other states at a Nebraska beef plant today to enjoy a tasty sample of the ground beef additive which has so many Americans–including us–grossed out.
The additive, which is used as a cheap filler in hamburger meat, garnered wide-spread attention after Jamie Oliver exposed it. Since then McDonald’s, grocery stores and school districts across the country started dropping it, and pink slime’s leading manufacturer, BPI, was forced to halt production at plants in each of the governors’ states. Ah, now we get it. This is a political move to save money in each of their states. Who cares what it’s made of, just eat it so we can continue to make money.
Branstad wants all of us to believe that we’re just overreacting:
This is an unwarranted, unmerited food scare. If there was some basis in fact to this, other than somebody’s clever naming of it, then you’d say ‘no you shouldn’t stick your neck out on it.
He went on to try to guilt us by saying that removing the slime will only increase our beef prices:
You effectively need to kill 1.5 million more head of cattle in a year to replace the meat that would go off the market from this unwarranted, unmerited food scare. That’s why we’re pushing back on it. We’re going to consume it. We’ll do everything we can to set the record straight.
Aside from being a completely transparent political move, Perry and these other gentlemen are simply setting a bad example. How about saying, yes, we do care about the food that Americans eat, and we are going to work to make sure we provide the safest, most nutritious meat possible. Instead of, see we’re eating this pink slime so you should too.
Eat all you want governors, we won’t be joining you.