Toxic Food Monday

Consumers soon will see the phrase “produced without ractopamine,” which helps add muscle

Consumers soon will see the phrase “produced without ractopamine,” which helps add muscle

We’ve all grown accustomed to the steady parade of television ads—$3 billion year worth, by some estimates— urging us to “ask our doctors” about the latest miracle drug. Pharmaceutical ads have been commonplace since the 1990s, after the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) cleared the way for prescription drug companies to aggressively market their wares directly to consumers.

Wisdom and ethics aside, it’s easy to see why Big Pharma would push pills to humans, to treat human ailments. It’s big money.

But a drug company that makes animal drugs, purchased not by consumers but by factory farms, advertising direct to consumers who will never actually purchase those drugs? How does that make sense?

If you’re Elanco, the $2.3-billion animal drug division of Eli Lilly, you make it seem sensible by spinning the message. In Elanco’s case, the message is this: Without our animal drugs, the world will starve.

It’s a message that paints the drug maker as an altruistic savior, instead of the profit-motivated animal abuser and public health threat it actually is.



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11 Responses to Toxic Food Monday

  1. David B. Benson says:

    Organic, please.


    • º¿carol says:

      Bob’s feet have been swelling for a few years now. He can’t put his shoes and foot brace on. Doctor prescribed a giant potassium pill and another pill to be taken for five days. They did nothing. I think the problem is Bob’s lower spine where he had spinal surgery in 1969. Arthritis has settled in and it’s crushing the nerves in his spine.


  2. David B. Benson says:

    Right foot much improved but no stick walking again today.


  3. David B. Benson says:

    @ the Hillside Cafe. Waved to two students I know, one of whom I haven’t seen for 1.5 years.


    • David B. Benson says:

      Then up to the CUB at the top of the hill, intending to do three transactions at the bank. But of course on the first day of classes there was a long line. Total round trip walking time was almost 45 minutes of not too happy about my right foot.


    • David B. Benson says:

      World’s largest bird was a glider.


  4. º¿carol says:

    Snow and ice on groung, waiting until Tuesday to make the trip to Meijer’s in Mason. I did drive to Stockbridge to return the 3 movies I rented last Tuesday. I couldn’t return them Sunday doe to bad weather. Late charge was only $3.00. I HATE being late though. It’s a matter of pride with me, NEVER being late to return movies, or to return things to the library. Oh, well. Inclement weather got in the way.


  5. Den says:

    When will I ever have a normal life again?
    Major intestinal issue has given me the squirts since yesterday morning.
    I have been maintaining a steady flow of liquids on the intake side, deliberately avoiding solid food altogether. The idea is to break the connection that food creates that makes it last longer.
    No dinner tonite, no breakfast tomorrow until this stank moves through.

    Too many days on the Pain Train 😦


  6. David B. Benson says:

    Trying to shop online is not easy.


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