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Feedlot Cows Fed 1 Billion Pounds of Chicken Waste Yearly

Feedlot Cows Fed 1 Billion Pounds of Chicken Waste Yearly

If you eat feedlot meat, chances are you may be eating chicken waste! Cattle in feedlots across the United States are routinely fed waste from the floors of commercial chicken houses. In fact, 1 billion pounds of feces, feathers, spilled feed, straw, dirt and anything else on the floor under the cramped birds are shoveled in front of cattle on feedlots across America each year.

Life on today’s modern, industrial farms has changed drastically. Today, many farms are dealing with 30,000+ animals with one simple goal: to fatten animals as cheaply as possible. So what exactly does that mean? While corn makes up 70-90 percent of the diet of feedlot cattle, the other 10 to 30 percent are often made up of floor waste.

Because cows eat what is in front of them and because chicken farmers have more waste than they know what to do with, feedlot owners have come up with a simple cost benefit. But where does consumer safety fall in to this relationship?

Humans are at the top of the food chain and are vulnerable to pathogens, drugs and contaminants consumed by the animals we eat. Put simply we are what we eat, which means that if we eat beef that is fed garbage and animal waste, then we in turn are eating the same.

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), processed feathers and feces are considered an acceptable source of protein in cattle feed. Additionally, chickens are fed meat and bone meal from cattle, which in turn increases the risk of infecting cattle with mad cow disease when the cycle revolves and the cattle are fed chicken wastes.

Regardless of your dietary choices, no one (animals included) should be allowed to eat floor waste. It’s disgusting, unsafe and inhumane. Urge the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ban the practice of feeding chicken waste to cattle — sign the petition today!

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5:40PM PDT on Apr 4, 2015

Not very good news, but just what I expected.
Thanks Andrew.

12:15AM PDT on Jun 5, 2013

Thank you for article.

12:13AM PDT on Jun 5, 2013

Thank you for article.

12:09AM PDT on Jun 5, 2013

Thank you for article.

10:45AM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

There are multiple things in this article that demonstrate the author's ignorance. The most important one...

Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (Mad Cow Disease) is a result of a mutation in proteins in the Central Nervous System (prions). The mutated proteins are not in feces. So, even if a chicken was fed meat and bone meal that somehow was contaminated with prions from the CNS, and as a result had a mutation in the proteins, it could not be transmitted to the cattle through feces. While we're on the topic, this goes for humans too. People cannot get nCJD from eating cuts of beef or hamburger. CNS is not mixed in with it!

8:40AM PDT on Apr 3, 2011

The POOR COWS! Not only are they USED to extremes, they are fed SHIT too!! Do you know they GLUE meat together also so they can feed people ALL that they can scrape out of the bottom of the pots! And the glue is made out of pure crap that is poison to you.

7:19AM PST on Jan 16, 2011

A very powerful but disturbing documentary about what's in our food is "Food, Inc." I reccomend it to anyone who wants to learn about what they're eating. Here's the official site:

1:55AM PST on Dec 15, 2009

gross! i simply don't understand.

1:04AM PST on Dec 3, 2009

I didnt knew or expected that. Thats really weird and bad.
Why would anyone do such a thing?
this should be a criminal case and not some fda guys thing.
Cops should raid these guys.
suddenly i am not that hungry any more.

12:54PM PDT on Oct 13, 2009

USDA needs to get it together.....Write to your representatives and Senators, make them do their job....

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