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Cattle Now Being Fed Cookies and Candies Instead of Real Food

Anthony Gucciardi
September 24th, 2012
Updated 03/18/2013 at 3:59 pm
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Just when you thought the news couldn’t get any stranger regarding the disturbing state of the agricultural industry, it most certainly has. In an effort to slash costs and increase profits, livestock corporations have now begun feeding their cattle super cheap processed foods like cookies, gummy worms, chocolate, fruit loops and a whole list of candies. Fattening up the cattle thanks to a large percentage of sugar content and no real nutritional value, the disease-riddled cattle end up fetching a larger price for farm owners.

The fruit loops-fed cattle also may end up on your dinner table, harboring even more dangerous additives than even cattle fed a diet of corn. Before accounting for the new diet of cookies and candy, conventionally raised cattle meat contains oftentimes an excessive amount of antibiotics (now admitted to be harming human health internationally), artificial hormones such as Monsanto’s cloned growth hormone rBGH, resistant bacteria, genetically modified organisms (from corn) and other contaminants. Now, however, a few new problematic substances have entered the equation.

Cattle on a Diet of MSG, High-Fructose Corn Syrup, and GMOs

It is important to understand that almost all corn in the United States is genetically modified. Therefore, the ‘traditional’ factory farm diet of corn or grain is certainly not a safe option. It is, however, arguably better than 100% processed junk food that contains not just genetically modified organisms but ingredients like:

  • High-fructose corn syrup
  • MSG
  • Hydrogenated oils
  • Pesticides, herbicides, insecticides
  • Acrylamides
  • Artificial flavorings
  • Artificial colorings
  • Artificial sweeteners (like asapartame)

And many more. Each of these ingredients has of course been linked to a host of negative ailments ranging from cancer to cognitive disorders, however very few know the true dangers of such substances. High fructose corn syrup, for example, has been admitted to contain mercury — an element that is toxic in all forms. It is also important to note that the corn processed into high fructose corn syrup is, for the most part, always genetically modified. Such is also the case with aspartame, made from genetically modified bacteria waste. So now only are these cows being loaded up with processed food chemicals, mercury, and other additives, but they’re also still receiving GMOs.

Ice Cream Sprinkles As Food: “Anything that keeps the feed costs down.”

In other words, these cattle are being fed the typical American diet of processed foods containing GMOs, harmful additives, and zero real nutritional content. To give you a real life example, let’s examine one major dairy farmer who is literally feeding his cattle ice cream sprinkles. Dairy cattle owner Mike Yoder found a deal on ice cream sprinkles this summer, so he decided to go ahead and feed them to his cattle as their major food source. And as Yoder explains, it’s all about cutting costs — even if it means sacrificing your health:

“Anything that keeps the feed costs down.”

One candy producer, Brian Dill of Hansen Mueller, feels that it is justified feeding cattle chocolate, fruit loops, and ice cream sprinkles. According to Mueller, who markets the sale of chocolate to farmers as a way to cut costs, says that it really only comes down to ‘fat, sugar, and energy’. In other words, Mueller thinks it doesn’t matter what the cows eat. The only thing that matters to Mueller is that they get enough fat and sugar to maintain enough energy to be killed and shipped off to be eaten.

“That’s all it is,” he said.

The statements by this candy manufacturer rep and heads of the dairy cattle industry demonstrate the severe lack of care regarding the actual health of you and your family, the animals being fed these cheap processed foods, and the integrity of the environment. It also clearly shows that many such individuals are purely looking to increase profits, utilizing ‘anything’ that keeps costs down regardless of the price. In order to protect the health of you and your family, always remember to buy high quality organic. While 100% organic is the best along with locally grown market options, always look for the certified organic seal when purchasing food from a grocery store.

About Anthony Gucciardi:
1.thumbnail Cattle Now Being Fed Cookies and Candies Instead of Real FoodGoogle Plus ProfileAnthony is the Editor of NaturalSociety whose work has been read by millions worldwide and is routinely featured on major alternative and mainstream news website alike, including the powerful Drudge Report, NaturalNews, Daily Mail, and many others. Anthony has appeared on programs like Russia Today (RT), Savage Nation, The Alex Jones Show, Coast to Coast AM, and many others. Anthony is also dedicated to aiding various non-profit organizations focused around health and rehabilitation as well as the creator of the independent political website Storyleak

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  • Amy

    I agree the world is very polluted, you are 100 percent correct. We all need to call the agencies involved in our food and water and air as well as our senators and congress representatives to stop this madness. If the 305 million or so people who inhabit the USA make the effort we will win this fight! I also wanted
    to say that I have had good luck with the buble sprinklers for gardens, trees such as fruit trees and even for lawns. They use very little, and I mean very little water and I highly recommend them!

  • jameson

    It’s awful that they are feeding the cows this diet, like us the cows will not do well on this diet and would likely have issues. However if the cow is a meat cow I do believe that in the USA these cows have to be slaughtered for food before they are 2 years old due to mad cow disease concerns. So likely these owners that are foolish will not see any issue as the cows are too young when they are sold for food. However if they are doing this with breeding and milk cows the results will be bad health for the cows. I do know that pigs are often feed this way and have been for years. The worst thing I ever heard was some guy feeding his one and only cow, powered cement, what an idiot. I think that we need more education for farmers on this issue and also more support from us, the people that depend on these farmers for our food. If things are so bad that they need to feed their animals candy then we need to work with them and educate them so that they no longer are in such dire straights that they need to take these measures, they and their families are eating these cows too, so they are in as bad a situation as we are in regard to eating healthy food. Something is wrong with a system that forces our farmers into these positions! Our help and education are the answer!

  • signalfire1

    Gummy worms are made from boiled cattle bones; since prions are not destroyed by boiling, this means that the cattle are being fed mad cow prions, once again. And being made into cannibals…

  • Pamela

    Frank, I can't believe how judgmental you are…how about paying attention to the content of her post, which is pretty good!

  • Anonymous

    Our life expectancy keeps increasing… I'm not concerned.

  • Grace Pike

    tis sold to the public? Where have the rules and laws of this country gone?I would like some answers,all of this is a bunch of garbage,our food our medecins,and our water,even our air that we that we take in every day is poluted.I am a ranchers daughter and we feed our stoch a healthy diet as well as our self.we are what we eat the same as our animals,where is our Humane society?Do they all have there heads in a sand hole.Who can we trust?We are aall being killed by allowing this to go on.We need to do something.The drouth sure shot a hole in my growing organic foof this summer,but i am still trying,

    • Frank Marshall

      This post by the "cattle ranchers [sic] daughter" is nothing short of appalling for its illiteracy. There must be 20 mistakes in it! I have seen black people who actually write better than this!

      • steven

        Are you serious Frank?

  • John Downey

    Let's be fair and correct here. First off the farmer usually doesn't have access to these surplus bulk foods, the livestock feeders use these surplus and waste food food products, not farmers. Which has the worst effect on the consumer, animals fed on surplus human food or GMO grain? In my opinion GMO grain will do us more harm than the waste human food. Also this human food has been fed for decades, it's edible, it can't be sold in the grocery store for some reason so it's prudent to put it to some use. If you want to improve the quality of food you eat do your part to get rid of GMO grain and get the Dept of Agriculture to offer more services to organic farmers. Actually consumers get what they insist on and are willing to pay for. Do you eat what's available or what you demand?

  • Anonymous

    Did they at least feed them candy corn?

  • Anonymous

    Disgusting! Thanks for bringing this to our attention, Anthony

  • Veronica

    I suggest everyone read the full report – it's interesting when you take excerpts from it, and change the context like you did, but you neglected to mention some very important reasons for their actions. I do not agree with what these animals are being fed, but having been a dairy farmer I also understand what troubles you face when there is a drought and you have no feed for your animals. As was stated in the original article, this is NOT common practice, but a result of searching for feed. If the animals had nothing to eat at all, I'm sure everyone would have some condemning words for the owners there too.

    • Anonymous

      Slashing costs doesn't make it acceptable to feed cows cancer-causing junk.

    • Anonymous

      I'm sure you also use growth hormones.

  • J R

    Awesome! That is the greatest thing I've ever heard! Now I know I'm actually eating dessert when I'm having my steak! I'll put some chocolate sauce on it next time, and some of those awesome yellow bananas.

    • Anonymous

      HAHAHAHAHA <3 -see you in heaven!

  • StopDemockery

    Everything we eat or drink is now poisoned.

    Fruits and vegetables absorb sodium fluoride (RAT POISON) directly from agricultural pesticides and drink it in with their roots from contaminated soil. Some are also GMOs containing no nutrients.

    All meats and dairy products contain growth hormones and/or antibiotics and god knows what else.

    78% of America’s municipal drinking water is intentionally poisoned with fluorosilicic acid, a multi-poisonous waste cocktail from the smoke stacks of fertilizer plants, containing 23% rat poison, lead, mercury, barium, cadmium and palonium 20. The latter three are known radioactive carcinogens. Chances are that your favorite beverage is made with fluoridated water.

    From municipal waste water discharges to agricultural run-off, for the past fifty years our rivers have been perpetually poisoned which perpetually poisoned our oceans which killed America’s lovely coral reefs than took millinea to form. Cuba has pristene reefs because they couldn’t afford to pay for the fluoride poisoning of their people or land.

    Drink only spring water and pray it comes from a real natural spring and hasn’t been covertly fluoridated. As far as what to eat, your guess is as good as mine.

  • michael davis

    What the hell are these people thinking, I swear day after day I'm finding myself swearing off of another food source all together, its gotten to the point where I wont consume half the crap in my fridge at home because it has some toxic crap in it, all I know is I'm starting to get beyond pissed off. People when will you start systematically burning GMO crops or ganging up on and beating the hell out cops that take things to far, all this talk about peaceful protest is all and good but even are foundering fathers had a breaking point people, am I one of the few American citizens getting to the point where I want to find the owners of companies like Monsanto and strangle the very life out of these fat cats who think there behavior is acceptableness. as Thomas Jefferson said it best. "I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies . . . If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] . . . will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered . . . The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs." — Thomas Jefferson — The Debate Over The Recharter Of The Bank Bill, (1809)

    • Politics can blow me

      Done, and done. Well played sir!