Ground Beef

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Posted October 5, 2009 by Rachelle Owen

One of the first things that made me happy to go vegetarian, was learning that one single hamburger can be made up of over 100 different cows. I’m not sure what grossed me out about that specific fact more than anything else, but even now, thinking about that makes my stomach turn. That thought—combined with the one time I bit into a hamburger from some fast food place that was almost entirely raw in the middle—made me give up ground beef for good when I was 10.

When people learn I’m vegan, the first thing they often say is, “I could never give up my hamburger!”. Gag. Hamburger? Really? That’s what’s so important to you? A writer from The New York Times recently wrote an article on exactly what’s behind that gross blob of animal parts known as ground beef, and here’s what he found:

“Ground beef is usually not simply a chunk of meat run through a grinder. Instead, records and interviews show, a single portion of hamburger meat is often an amalgam of various grades of meat from different parts of cows and even from different slaughterhouses. These cuts of meat are particularly vulnerable to E. coli contamination, food experts and officials say. Despite this, there is no federal requirement for grinders to test their ingredients for the pathogen.”

Yeah, no thanks. The article focuses on a 22 year old woman—a former dance teacher—who ate a hamburger, went into a coma for 9 weeks, and almost died. She’s now paralyzed because of the E.coli from a hamburger her mom made for her on the family grill.

Wow, is anyone else completely at a loss for how anyone can still eat this crap? Cows killed to end up ground up for someone’s burger live their sad lives standing in their own urine and feces—and E.coli bacteria happens when feces from cattle comes into contact with their flesh during the slaughter process. Yum?

I am so happy that I don’t have to worry about bacteria from someone’s colon being in my veggie burger, because really, that shit’s nasty. Is there one moment that made you realize that meat was just, well, vile?

Stay loud!
-Rachel

P.S. Still looking for that last reason to give up milk? Many cows killed for ground beef are “spent” dairy cows, sent to slaughter because their flesh is too bruised and weak to be sold for anything else. Just go vegan already.

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  • 1248 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I went vegetarian in 5th grade after my mom made sausages fo my sister and I for breakfast and I refused to eat it for whatever reason. I told my mom I’m never eating meat again and after alot of arguments she finally said fine. I think she thought I wouls just get tired of fighting and go back to meat, but I’m stubborn. Now many years later I will never go back to meat(unless I’m out in the wild and its life or death because those animals aren’t being tortured by humans or kept in cages)because I don’t even like the taste of meat and I can’t take how humans treat them and how little people know about the animal “business”.

  • 2059 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    that makes abig difference in my life.i am going to go vegitarian.i already was going vegitarian and i am only 12years.is skim milk bad

  • 2059 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    ewwww…i’m never going to be able to look at another hamburger again without puking. yeah i prefer to not eat shit.

  • 2060 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I remember after I went vegetarian I looked the ground beef my mother was cooking and said to myself: “That looks so gross, I can’t believe I ate that for so many years!”

  • 2060 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i saw a pig roasting over a camp fire. it was the most horrible experiences of my life. And then people had the gut to eat it, even knowing it could have lived if they just though about it.

  • 2060 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    It makes me laugh when people tell me “I’m not eating any of that veg*n rubbish!” because at least I know -exactly- what’s in the food I’m eating!!

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    2060 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i don’t even like the taste of boca burgers. :/ i’d reather have a black bean or mushroom burger.

  • 2060 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I realized that it was vile after watching all the videos. Now I can’t even look without thinking about them.

  • 2061 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    There wasn’t a moment like that for me. One day I was doing dishes with my mom and I just said “I think we should become vegetarians.”
    She said “you go right ahead”, and I did.
    There have been plenty of moments like that to keep me a vegetarian, though. And I really do try to be as vegan as I can…

  • 2061 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Wow i could not agree more, that crap is nasty!

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