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  •  I always wondered how the FDA determines (2+ / 0-)
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    just how much rat poop can be in your Milk Duds before they're unsafe.    For interesting but terrifying reading, check out the FDA "action level" list, here:

    Intolerance betrays want of faith in one's cause. - Gandhi

    by SpamNunn on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 06:23:43 AM PST

    •  Insect part levels, here: (1+ / 0-)
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      Intolerance betrays want of faith in one's cause. - Gandhi

      by SpamNunn on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 06:26:54 AM PST

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      •  Insects are no big deal. (0+ / 0-)

        Insects and insect parts in our food is not a modern, industrial phenomenon. All milled flour has no doubt always contained some insect parts.  

        In Italy, France and Spain, certain cheeses (such as casu marzu) are deliberately infested with maggots.  This used to be the case for England as well; Daniel Defoe recounts in A Tour thro' the Whole Island of Great Britain (1724), "We pass'd Stilton, a town famous for cheese, which is call'd our English Parmesan, and is brought to table with the mites, or maggots round it, so thick, that they bring a spoon with them for you to eat the mites with, as you do the cheese."

        Insects are staples of many traditional diets, although that is changing as traditional diets are (ironically for the purpose of this discussion) displaced by agribusiness. There are those who advocate the raising and consumption of insects. Raising insects for food would be more environmentally sustainable than vertebrate animals, because of their higher biomass transfer efficiency and the lower energy inputs required for production.

        There is nothing objective in our cultural aversion to insects.  Anyone who eats meat and thinks of insects as "icky" or "unclean" has never given any thought to what goes on inside a slaughterhouse. Ravaging the Earth to produce more beef and pork when there's a perfectly healthy, low-environmental-impact source of animal protein going unexploited is just childish.

        If you can eat shrimp or lobsters you can eat other arthropods.

        I've lost my faith in nihilism

        by grumpynerd on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 08:43:44 AM PST

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