The pink slime story reminds me of the halcyon days of this country (back during the Reagan Administration), when the Department of Education or some other outfit categorized ketchup as a vegetable for the purposes of school lunches.
We’ve actually come a long way forward since then. Ketchup, at least, doesn’t consist of reprocessed, unsalable animal parts that have been pureed and treated with ammonia to kill the bacteria. While classifying ketchup may have seemed ridiculous at the time, at least it had a scintilla of nutritional value. Now we’re feeding chemically-impregnated floor sweepings to the next generation.
Some school districts around the country have opted to serve slime-free meat to the kids. They have yet to determine whether it will necessitate an increase the price of school lunches.
There’s a moral argument that, since we’re saddling our children (and their children) with the incomprehensible debt arising from our own profligacy, the least we can do is to give them the nutritional means to build strong bodies so that they can better shoulder the burden.
Naah. They’ll hate us for stealing their futures, anyway. Might as well toughen ’em up now. Let it slime.
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