jennie uh-oh

you may have noticed that I do NOT appreciate being deceived by people or companies that do NOT have my or your best interest at heart.

Which is why it makes me really sick to my stomach and angry this morning to find out that Jennie-O is actually Hormel.  And Morningstar Farms is actually Kellogg’s. I know about the Morningstar fiasco because Trader Joe’s STILL sells their products. I USED to eat their corn dogs thinking it was an all natural product. Intuitively, I kept getting NOT to eat them but I was addicted at the time. Until they made me really ill. That is when I did a little research and found out, voila, the culprit was Kellogg’s contaminated GMO/GE corn.

The reason that these companies make up these oh so nice sounding all natural sounding names is because WE DON’T WANT TO BUY THEIR PRODUCTS and so they cleverly DECEIVE us into buying their products.  THIS IS FRAUD.

And sometimes the companies started out being all natural but became successful and SOLD OUT… ugh. Burt’s Bees, for instance was bought out by Clorox.

Alexa Traffic Rank for http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/06/business/06bees.html: 84www.nytimes.com/2008/01/06/business/06bees.html

Can Burt’s Bees Turn Clorox Green?

“Clorox was willing to pay almost $1 billion for Burt’s Bees because big companies see big opportunities in the market for green products. From 2000 to 2007, Burt’s Bees’ annual revenue soared to $164 million from $23 million. Analysts say there is far more growth to be had by it and its competitors as consumers keep gravitating toward products that promise organic and environmental benefits.

In the last couple of years, L’Oréal paid $1.4 billion for the Body Shop and Colgate-Palmolive bought 84 percent of Tom’s of Maine, which makes natural toothpaste and deodorant, for $100 million. Clorox is also creating eco-friendly product lines of its own.

Many corporate leaders have sold their shareholders on green initiatives by pointing out that they help cut costs — an argument that is more persuasive now, while energy costs are sky high. But as companies rush to put out more and more “natural,” “organic” or “green” products, consumers and advocacy groups are increasingly questioning the meaning of these labels.”

It is the same thing with supermarket brand, Walmart, K-mart, Target type pet foods, by the way, people.

Not only is Jennie-uh oh Hormel but they have now recalled 55 THOUSAND pounds of turkey burgers. And I just bought some at Safeway. The turkey burgers are suspected of having Salmonella and are supposedly only tainted ones are from Sam’s Club. You believe that, I got a bridge to sell you.

http://brownfieldagnews.com/2011/04/04/hormel-recalls-jennie-o-turkey-burgers/

At least Foster Farms is still a real farm.

http://fosterfarms.com/faq/raise.asp

“Our chickens and turkeys mature naturally without growth hormones or steroids.”

Still, the ONLY relatively safe way to know what you are eating is by growing your own fruits and veggies organically and I guess slaughtering your own meat (UGH) or buying grass-fed meat from reputable companies. NOT Hormel. NOT Hormel disguised as Jennie-uh-oh.

Happy Passover/Easter… better make it a vegan seder?  My roommate rooked me into making him a real home cooked meal tonight… not vegan. Chicken from Foster Farms, matzo ball soup, potato latkes or kugel, gefilte fish with horseradish and more (mostly from jars) but he’ll never know the difference between from scratch and jars. He lives on cereal and milk and fast food (and wonders why he’s sick all the time, duh)… did NOT get any wine and there will be no apples and honey and ritual/ceremony, no Hebrew since I don’t know any, no waiting for Elijah or having an empty chair at the table, but I digress.

Here is a vegan recipe suggested by Lisa Spector, Through a Dog’s Ear.

http://kosherfood.about.com/od/passovervegetarianmains/r/cutlet_eggplant.htm

well, I would scratch the sugar and use an all natural substitute like agave or stevia OR NO sugar period.  Why one needs sugar in a recipe for eggplant cutlets is beyond me. Substitute the wheat bread crumbs for a gluten free mixture of Bob’s Red Mill flax seed meal and rice flour, I made zucchini sticks a few weeks ago with this and they were yummy. My now go-to bread crumbs substitute.

Be sure that you DO NOT give your dogs too much flax seed meal nor matzo, potato kugel or any other holiday favorite MADE FOR HUMANS. chocolate matzo for dessert for the humans, anyone?

The flax seed meal will take care of the matzo dilemma as Shankman so aptly put it this morning.

“Did you know that Matzoh, with what it does to your stomach after eating it for eight days, is the real reason for the phrase “Let my people go?” It’s true.”

L’chaim or whatever you are supposed to say for Happy Passover.

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6 responses to “jennie uh-oh

  1. Wow, this read was a wealth of information for me. Thank you for posting!
    And thanks for the mention. Because of the eggs, it’s actually a vegetarian recipe, not vegan. But, they are from vegetarian fed free range chickens. At least, that’s what the package says. I’m now wondering if there is any way of knowing for sure if that is accurate. I have a friend who only eats eggs from chickens that she personally knows and I really have great admiration for that standard.

    Also, I’m using an artichoke tapinade topping on the eggplant cutlets instead of the canned tomatoes with added sugar.

    I was rolling on the floor when I read the comment on the real reason for the phrase “Let my people go”. I only have a little bit of matzot for the seders and used to feel like I had a rock in my stomach for 8 days when I followed that custom. I’m usually mostly gluten free and I’d rather listen to my body than to tradition.

    Thanks again!

  2. Pat DeWald

    And will it crush you to know that Godiva Chocolate is owned by Campbell Soups and the same company who owns Slimfast (Unilever) now owns Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream? I was not amused when Royal Canin sold out to Mars, the makers of Pedigree.

    But having worked for Unilever, one of the world’s largest consumer products manufacturers and I can tell you that this is not necessarily a bad thing. These conglomerates are in the business of buying extremely profitable, small companies to enlarge their market share. They usually have little input in the decision making in terms of ingredients and quality, unless they begin to lose profit. Loss of profit means cutting back on the cost of manufacturing, whether it be labor or ingredient suppliers. That’s when the compromising can impact the quality.

    • yes, not Ben and Jerry’s… Ben, Jerry, how could you have done this??? I don’t care/mind per se about corporations buying smaller companies. What is deceiving/fraud is that they HIDE IT without telling anyone. Or make up other names to deliberately MISLEAD people.

      And lookie what I found out about Unilever (do not care about SlimFast, weight loss products, in my humble opinion, are usually a ripoff)…

      http://www.corporatewatch.org/?lid=700

      Slim-Fast was bought by Unilever in 2000, and is now one of Unilever’s top-performers. Unilever CEO FitzGerald (obviously suffering from Nutritional Schizophrenia) likes to say he bought the ice-cream company Ben & Jerry’s on the same day he bought Slim-Fast because “one makes you fat, and the other makes you thin” [15]… swell…

      Bachelors Beanfeast
      Unilever was the first multinational company that started using genetically modified (GM) products. Their “Beanfeast” range (which is now being sold) contained GM soya. A tiny asterisk attached to the ingredient list was the only mark to warn consumers.

      Bachelors Beanfeast contained soya beans which had genetic material from a virus, a bacteria and even the petunia plant inserted into them. Effects on the human body could (and can) not be predicted [10].

      Unilever received more than 3,000 phone calls from angry consumers in the UK. By spring 1999, it was forced to withdraw Beanfeast, its flagship GM food product and to agree to phase out all GM products [11].

      • Pat DeWald

        They don’t hide this information. Whenever one of these mega-corporations buys a company, it’s all over the Wall Street Journal as well as every business section throughout the world. And then if you are a stockholder you not only hear about it you get a say. These are all publicly traded companies and none of this is a secret. The consumer bears some of the responsibility for staying imformed.

        The good thing that came out of the pet food debaucle of two years ago is that pet owners now read labels. In fact, some of us also email companies to find out country of origin for their ingredients. For instance, were you aware that all Taurine comes from either China or Japan, no matter how holistic the cat food? Virtually all tuna comes from Taiwan.

      • yes, well all of us regular normal people read the Wall Street Journal and own stock in these companies, gimme a break…

        I worked for two years in Nevada getting the Yucca Mtn project shut down, I know how the DOE operated.. technically advertising in OBSCURE places to meet the requirements. We/I made sure that what they were doing Holding Meetings for Public Comment was on EVERY SINGLE TV station and in the newspapers in Nevada… Had EVERY TV station in Las Vegas following our YM street theatre for TWO HOURS before the event, to educate folks and THOUSANDS of Nevadans came out and Joined our Rally Against YM… it was still a debacle but we let the people KNOW what was happening.

        Clearly, now all that being said, YOU know MORE and are CURRENT about these food issues. I’d like to INVITE you to write a guest blog post about Pet Food ingredients we should know about, naming names, etc. I did NOT know about Taurine coming from China or Japan. Let me know. Thanks.

      • Cici and I welcome healthy debate, no, she demands it, four paws up, tail wagging constructive criticism here, giving people voice, she loves everybody, sand she would kiss you all if she could… so yes, diversity, speak speak speak, even if we don’t agree, within reason of course, do NOT allow hate speech, racism of any kind, nor people who hurt and harass and ban others, aka cyberbullies. NO cyberbullies, stalkers and trolls allowed. No Spam either. Having said all of that, I do mean it, I’d WELCOME your guest blog post as I said, about pet food ingredients we should know about.

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