They have never
been on grazing land
Now you can pack the fun into your child’s lunch, without the guilt, I thought so. Last week I was on the shopping tour with my family. In a supermarket we stood in front of the shelter (big fridge-freezer) with various milk products. The question was: Do we take the cheaper home brand article or the much more expensive branded product? After 5 minutes discussion with my wife I took the expensive one and went home with a very good conscience. However I would never put my family’s health at risk!
The company claims to sell only fresh products with natural ingredients. It assures to offer only products without genfood contamination.
But next week on Saturday I read a report about deceptive grocery packaging. For example milk products. On the packaging there is always a photo of a happy and healthy milk cow which is staying on grazing grounds. However those cows have never been on grazing grounds in their life. A team of investigators observed some farms belonging to companies like as Landliebe, Bären Marke or Weihenstephan.
The stables were overcrowded with cows. The poor animals didn’t seem to be happy or healthy. Moreover not far away from the entrance the researchers found empty animal food sacks. According the laboratory the concentrate predominantly contained genetically modified soybeans and other critical
substances. Bizarrely the dairies charged a high prize, to be exact 150% more than other dairies with no name products.
Idyllic world only on the packaging photo
So, this is only a photo that has the function to give the consumer a good feeling or conscience. The industry is pretending to sell high quality products and the best for our children. Aha!
Nowadays you shouldn’t believe the industry. Nevertheless, they are so good in deceiving that I sometimes ‘fall for it’. What a bother that I didn’t listen to my wife. Maybe the female consumers have a better instinct and therefore it’s more difficult to cheat them? Who knows?
Free-range eggs or Cage-free eggs?
Free-range eggs are eggs produced using birds that are permitted to roam freely within a farmyard, a shed or a chicken coop. This is different from factory-farmed birds that are typically enclosed in battery cages.
The same team investigated the chicken farms. Astonishingly they found out that the living condition of the free-range chicken wasn’t remarkably better than the chickens living in battery cages. According to the law, there can live up to nine chickens per square meter in free-ranges. In reality the chickens spend most of the time in henhouses (more than 40.000 chickens) but not in the free-range. Paradoxically the free-range eggs are 33% more expensive than the cage-free eggs. The consumer is paying more for the same quality. The free-range chickens aren’t actually healthier and ‘happier’. Moreover substances like antibiotics in the eggs are often verifiable. The higher is the health risk in particular for children and elderly people.
What can the consumer do against nutrition impostors?
This is a common phenomenon in industrialized countries like Germany. Without intensive livestock farming we couldn’t ensure our nation’s food supply. If we import most of the products from agricultural countries, than we will destabilize our economy. Not forgetting the base of existence of our farmers. Nevertheless I think that the consumer is not stupid, definitely not! But the consumer is uncertain and the industry is taking advantage of this uncertainty. Unfortunately the politicians or the authorities are making this uncertainty worse with their counterproductive and absurd regulations.