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  •  Well-done (7+ / 0-)

    Bordering on the "food surrogates" of Brave New World and the similar "rations" in 1984.

    99%er. 100% opposed to fundamentalist/neoconservative/neoliberal oligarchs.

    by blueoasis on Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 07:08:55 AM PDT

    •  and the green slime (6+ / 0-)

      is made from people.

      •  Soylent Pink? (4+ / 0-)
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        lgmcp, OhioNatureMom, koNko, wader

        For the pink slime and soylent green from people slime? Yummm!!!

        Time is an enormous, long river, and I’m standing in it, just as you’re standing in it. My elders are the tributaries, and everything they thought and every struggle they went through & everything they gave their lives to flows down to me-Utah Phillips

        by TerryDarc on Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 08:26:28 AM PDT

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        •  Here's A Nice Picture Provided By Those People (2+ / 0-)
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          At BPI (Beef Products, Inc.)

          Boneless Lean Beef Trimmings (So called "Pink Sime")

          And some fun reading by the same people called the Seven Myths of Pink Slime (also called SLBT if you want to google a different term).

          Time is an enormous, long river, and I’m standing in it, just as you’re standing in it. My elders are the tributaries, and everything they thought and every struggle they went through & everything they gave their lives to flows down to me-Utah Phillips

          by TerryDarc on Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 08:49:36 AM PDT

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          •  Is there ammonia in the product? (3+ / 0-)
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            There are plenty of reasons to avoid this pink slime, particularly since it's a collection of the waste parts. I won't argue that one bit.

            However, I'm a little troubled at the knee-jerk reaction to the ammonia being added without any clear source describing what's in the end product (at least as far as I can skim from the links); I'm just as troubled by Beef Products Inc. saying that ammonia isn't a problem because it's natural--how many people would inject themselves with natural cobra venom? I'm not arguing with ammonia ingestion being a bad thing, either. My point is that how much ammonia matters, and perhaps that has never been thoroughly tested, which is another problem.

            If there is indeed significant ammonia (beyond trace amounts) in the end product, then that's not something I'd want to eat, either; but it's possible that the ammonia has reacted before it gets to the end user, or that it has been washed out after killing bacteria. When amino acids (the building blocks of protein) get broken down in the liver, ammonia is released there. And we can use ammonia to build some amino acids. But if significant concentrations of ammonia in the bloodstream weren't toxic, our livers wouldn't go through the trouble of converting it to the much less toxic urea.

          •  "Moist" dog kibble (2+ / 0-)
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            TerryDarc, wader

            I've definitely seen those meat-product pellets in something like an Alpo commercial.

            "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

            by lgmcp on Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 09:13:29 AM PDT

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