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Pet Food
  • Vet: Your dog needs a prescription diet or it will keep getting pancreatitis. This is the one we usually use and have good success with.
  • Pet Owner: *Feeds it for a month*. My dog is going so well, there hasn't been any vomiting at all.
  • *Another Month later*
  • Pet Owner: Fluffy is vomiting again!
  • Vet: Oh no. Did you feed her anything different?
  • Pet Owner: The pet store gave me a better diet for her. Its all natural, grain free, and doesn't contain chicken, because she's allergic to chicken.
  • Vet: ... why do you think she's allergic to chicken?
  • Pet Owner: Because she scratches her face and feet when we go outside and I think it's the chicken she's eating.
  • Vet: Not the grass?
  • Pet Owner: No, the chicken.
  • Vet: *does test* She has pancreatitis again. Please put her back on the low fat food and if you want to feed her anything else please run it by me first for approval.
  • Pet owner returns to the pet store.
  • Pet Owner: Here is a list of the all natural, grain free, chicken free diets I want to feed fluffy.
  • Vet: *Has to ask food companies for the specific nutrition information required to make a decision because it's not readily available*
  • Vet: There are only two foods on your list even close to being what your dog requires to not get sick. If you wont stick with the prescription diet, stick with those.
  • *Two months later*
  • Pet Owner: Fluffy is sick again!
  • Vet: What are you feeding her?
  • Pet Owner: I was worried about her teeth so the pet store sold me some additives for her food and some crocodile bones to chew. She's also still itching so I wonder if she's allergic to crocodile too?
  • Vet: Do you tell the pet store when the things they sell you make Fluffy sick?
  • Pet Owner: Why would I do that?
  • *Another month later*
  • Pet Owner: Fluffy doesn't want to eat the diets you recommended any more. She only wants to eat the other one.
  • Vet: That's because the diets she needs are all less than 9% fat, and the other one is 22% fat.
  • Pet Owner: If she doesn't want to eat the food I'm going to cook her food at home.
  • Vet: Right, let's have a long discussion about that, write you a list, and get a nutritionist referral.
  • Pet Owner: The pet store has bags of mixed mince for raw feeding pets and I thought I would cook that...
  • Vet: Please do not. I am quite certain it will have too much fat for Fluffy.
  • Meanwhile, somewhere in a pet store, an employee thinks they've done a really good job by that pet and that pet owner by advising them to come off a prescription diet, and the saga continues.

you know what’s one thing i genuinely appreciate about the iron man movies? they have a decent amount of understanding of american propaganda and how it affects our views toward the middle east and other non-westernized cultures.

so the ten rings are evil af. there’s no doubt about that. but it’s not them who are the legitimate villains. they’re paid by a white man, a capitalist, a business man, a wealthy af mother fucker who utilizes people of color to do his dirty work. and ain’t that the way of life for a lot of people?

think about how marginalized people of color are in the u.s. especially in inner city neighborhoods. they talk about how inner city kids sell drugs and fall to drugs and paint them as thugs and all of this b.s, but if you keep climbing that food chain, the actual manufacturers are predominately white males.

iron man/iron man 3 sheds a lot of light to the fact that while the media is projecting one thing, the bigger evil is always within a man who has funding, who has extreme skills of negotiation and manipulation.

in im3, we have the mandarin who’s used as a fear mongering tactic to scare the shit out of everyone. give him a bunch of fake guns and a few middle eastern men in props and it’s enough to scare the crap out of anyone.

aldrich killian designed this brilliant plan to manufacture a threat while he expanded his own corporation. and think about this, he didn’t even pay ‘trevor slattery’. he gave him drugs. kept him contained in his addictive bubble so he could have full control over the man.

it’s some insane amount of planning and brilliance.

i know a lot of people said im3 was ruined by that reveal, but personally, i found it absolutely brilliant.

the iron man movies are often pushed aside now and disregarded, but if you look deep enough, there’s a lot to learn.

Remember that some people are still working. ‘Essential’ industries are more common than unessential ones. It’s more than just the obvious - pharmacies and hospitals and police and grocery stores and take out places. 

Construction is still happening. Mechanics and Electricians and tradesmen are still working. Municipal Service workers. 

Manufacturing plants are still running. You have buildings full of 100+ employees in close quarters making the packaged food and toiletries and drinks and medicine you are buying in crazed bulk. There are people in the offices manning the phones dealing with customers. There are people in advertising industries and call centers stuck working as well. 

Yes, they are making their money but that’s not necessarily a relief. A lot of them would love to be home and know that they aren’t going to catch something on their commute. People who have immune-vulnerable relatives they have to take care of while they also have to work.

There are still people who need to use public transportation to get around and don’t have the option to NOT go to work.

Please just spare them a thought today as you are agonizing about how bored you are at home or how you haven’t gotten finished your fanfic or even how you are celebrating your time off and completing all your projects. 

Some people are just working… and anxious.. and tired.. and they don’t have a break on the horizon.

People often ask what the “purpose” or “use” of a given species is, and of course it doesn’t really work that way exactly - every species exists to perpetuate itself, that’s pretty much it - but what they want to know of course is if there’d be any consequences of that animal going extinct.

There are lots of obvious answers to this, like how predators keep their prey from overpopulating or pollinators help perpetuate plant life, but one thing that I don’t see pointed out often enough is that EVERY species, no matter how “redundant” it may seem, contributes something different to the nutrient cycle of its habitat.

Even just two slightly different species of cockroach will have different metabolisms. They’ll have different food preferences, they’ll manufacture sugars and proteins at different rates and they’ll concentrate different things in their tissues. Every time they excrete, molt, and eventually die they cycle a unique set of nutrients back into the environment, and that waste in turn is taken up by a unique set of both microbial and macroscopic organisms who all do their own different things with it.

The rotting leaves on a forest floor will be a totally different biome depending on whether they’re chewed on by millipedes, pillbugs and snails or millipedes, pillbugs and slugs. Or two kinds of millipede and one kind of beetle. Or ten kinds of beetle. Obviously it’s even more complicated than I’m putting into words there.

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Parasites are doing it too. The secretions, excretions and corpses of billions and billions of intestinal worms, skin mites, lice and fleas and ticks and mosquitoes every single day are essentially transforming the blood of other organisms into a different kind of food. I almost never see appreciation of this in ecological posts! Everyone knows that every species is part of a food web but I’m not sure enough people appreciate that every single species no matter how small is a TRULY UNIQUE part of a food web.

The way that democratic and liberal states use a smokescreen of impersonal bureaucracy, a convoluted network of many actors that dilutes responsibility, to hide all of the systematic violence, to hide all of the death.

“None of this was deliberate. There wasn’t intentional violence.” They shield themselves against accusations or appearances of injustice, to make it seem that harm – mass violence, mass dispossession –  was an unfortunate but unintended result, possibly due to some error, or miscalculation, or one or two bad-faith actors along the way on the chain of production, or a force of nature. To avoid responsibility, to create the appearance of innocence, to hide their violences behind the opaque shield of (seemingly) inanimate forces of bureaucracy. They evade responsibility by intentionally producing and utilizing convoluted bureaucratic machines, like a magician’s act, to obscure the mechanisms, to create such a mess, to dilute blame. Like when, say, a private health insurance corporation screws you over. It’s not like there’s one lone individual that you can point to and say: “Why did you hurt me? Can you help me?” Because there’s such an enormous network of actors (customer service reps, middle managers, complaint handlers, lawyers, investors, an executive board). Which even makes it difficult for a victim to hold a corporate CEO responsible for violence, since the entire network is so impersonal, depersonalized, sterile. There wasn’t one lone person conspiring against you. The harm done was unfortunate. Sorry.

No malice, no malevolence at play. There’s just a web of inantimate forces and we’re all caught in it.

“There was a mistake in the system. You’ll have to talk to someone else, we’ll transfer you. It happened somewhere else. It happened over there.”

A refugee from the Sahara, a 12-year-old child who wanted to be a gardener, drowns off the coast of Crete within view of the white stone of a seaside villa sitting under the shade of an olive tree, rented out on a week-by-week basis to tourists from the continent. “Sad. But the US and EU had nothing to do with it. There were militias nearby in that part of the Sahel. Blame them, perhaps? The acacia trees weren’t supporting the town’s soil enough, figs are hard to grow nowadays. It was the ecology, blame the bad weather. Some local people chose to emigrate. These things happen.”

Who is accountable?

A murder happens in Honduras. Who is responsible? The murderer, alone? What if the victim was an Indigenous person and a vocal advocate for small-scale horticulture, and the murderer worked as a private security agent contracted by a sugar cane plantation? Who did this? The plantation? The US agents that provided training and material support to the local mercenaries? The Honduran state, which legally facilitated the dispossession of land that took away the victim’s home two decades ago and permitted the plantation to expand, setting the victim on an inevitable course towards confrontation with plantation owners? The US legislators that passed laws to allow exporting of US-grown plants which undercut Central American farmers and put them out of a job, putting intense pressure on the Honduran state to supply for mass amounts of newly-dispossessed people in the mountains? The US-based corporate food manufacturer that buys the plantation’s sugar cane? Does this implicate the freight distributor that the food manufacturer relies on for shipping to supermarkets? Is the supermarket implicated? I bought an orange at the grocery store the other day.

Am I the murderer?

tupperware sets are the most bullshit things on the planet, you see a box and it says “40 piece set” and you think “DAMN that’s enough for every leftover i could ever possibly have” but then you realize that what they really mean is “20 actual containers + 20 lids = 40″ and it’s like… why not just say 20. we both know you only put 40 on the box to try and fool me. why are you like this, food storage manufacturers.

anonymous asked:

For cats with urinary crystals: I was prescribed a dry food (prescription hill diet) but I later learned that the vets get a % of money back from the company in what they "prescribe". The food has no ingredients that need a RX. So, I'm not stuck on what should I feed my cat? Will any wet food work or do you recommend a certain wet food brand over all others?

Feed the prescription diet your vet recommended. Urinary crystals are life threatening for male cats, this anti-vet narrative has to stop.

Prescriptions diets are literally using food as medicine. That’s why they’re treated as prescriptions, they are actuakky harmful to feed if tou give the wrong one to an animal with certain medical conditiona, eg c/d to a kidney patient.

We make between $5 and $10 off a bag of prescription food. That is the smallest markup in the clinic, because the food manufacturer sets the retail price. They are the least profitable products we stock but of course we make some momey off them, we are a business! A retail one at that, not a wholesaler.

I would bet whoever’s spouting the ‘vets make money off this product so it’s bad’ lines also wants you to either buy their diet, buy their book on feeding pets, subscribe to their magazine or otherwise take your money too.

Please don’t mess around with urinary crystals until they’re all gone at least, and be aware the predisposition will still be there. I’ve talked about this before too, you can find thost posts searching this blog for prescription diets or c/d.

And honestly, do you think supermarkets and pet stores don’t make a little money selling their pet foods too?

seriously can people stop pretending to care about low income farm laborers unless they can use it for your agenda

we need to do better for all food manufacturing and farm employees. Meat packer employees, farm hands, fruit pickers - it’s fucking just as bad for all of them.

If you think meat is worse because of the animal aspect that’s fine but the people who pick your food and the people who work in packing plants and with the livestock and in fruit processing plants and fields aren’t any better off whatsoever

It had been weeks since Dean had spent quality time with Castiel and now here he was, reading every ingredient on a can of chicken noodle soup. He had been doing that with every food item that was manufactured in a factory. Normally Dean would complain or make a snappy remark but this time he was happy just to have the extra time with the angel. They had joined the rest of the town in the grocery store when the news reported a snowstorm on the way - now the store was almost empty and the employees kept asking if they needed help.

Castiel places the can back on the shelf and turns to Dean, “I think it would be safer if we made our own soup.”

“Good call,” Dean grins, “I think we already have most of the ingredients anyway. We still need carrots, though.”

“Isn’t that on the other side of the store?” Castiel grumbles, already having gone back and forth through the store a dozen times.

“Welcome to the grocery shopping experience. When you’re done you’ll never want to see these aisles again. And then when you get home you’ll realize you forgot the bread.”

“Why would you forget the bread?”

“Do you see any bread in this cart?”

Castiel’s eyes widen, “We forgot the bread.”

Dean chuckles, “Why don’t you get the carrots, I’ll grab the bread and we can meet at the checkout.”

“Okay,” Castiel says and starts walking toward the vegetables.

After going through the checkout, Castiel pushes the cart through the automatic doors and stops as soon as he gets outside.

“Woah, what’s wrong?” Dean asks, his eyes searching the parking lot.

“It’s beautiful,” Castiel smiles at the snow falling softly before pushing the cart towards the car again, “It’s like the whole world has slowed down.”

“Yeah, well no one really likes getting out in the cold,” they reach the impala and Dean unlocks the doors.

“I do,” Castiel says, placing reusable bags into the back of the car. Dean smiles and shakes his head. “What?” Castiel asks, getting into the car.

“You would like getting out in this,” Dean turns the car on and finds a windshield scraper. He turns to Castiel before getting out of the car, “It’s a good thing, Cas. I like how you find good things in this fucked up world.”

Castiel smiles as Dean gets back out to scrape the windshield. He’s back in a few minutes, dusted with snow and shivering.

When he looks over, Castiel is quiet, staring at his hands in his lap. “You taught me that,” he says, “how to find beauty in the simple things. How to appreciate the little moments.”

“Cas, I-”

“I’m not good at acting in those moments though, I let them slip by,” he looks up at Dean, holding his gaze, “I’m not going to let them slip by anymore.”

Before Dean’s brain can catch up, before he has a chance to lick his lips or fix his hair, Castiel’s hands are holding his face, his lips on Dean’s. The kiss is light but Dean melts into it anyway, his hands finding their way into Castiel’s hair. His tongue teases Castiel’s upper lip and Cas moans, letting him in. The car feels like an oven now, the windows foggy when they come up for air.

Dean is blushing when he looks away, his eyes downcast as he swallows. “Please tell me there’s more things that you let slip by.”

Castiel pushes their foreheads together, “Of course, Dean,” he places a kiss on the hunter’s head, “How about all the times I should have said you mean the world to me? All of the times I wish I was by your side? Whatever I’m going through - wherever I am - I’m always trying to find my way back to you.”

Dean grins and pushes their lips together again, sucking on Castiel’s lower lip until he’s pushed away, grumbling in protest.

“We should go, we don’t want to run out of gas,” Castiel insists as he pulls back and buckles his seat belt. He turns back to Dean and places a hand on his knee, “Besides, there’s other things I’ve let slip by, and they’d be best explored on bed.”

Dean has never driven so fast in his life.

“The adage repeated constantly by the food industry and adopted by politicians – that ‘there is no such thing as bad food, just too much food’ – is wrong.”  

Half of all the food bought by families in the UK is now “ultra-processed”, made in a factory with industrial ingredients and additives invented by food technologists and bearing little resemblance to the fruit, vegetables, meat or fish used to cook a fresh meal at home.

Research by global nutrition experts reveals the scale of our food evolution, from farm-fresh to factory-manufactured. “Real food” has been replaced by salty snacks and sugary cereals, industrially-made bread and desserts, ready-meals and reconstituted meats alongside sweetened soft drinks.

“When we compare ultra-processed foods to the rest we see striking differences [in nutritional quality],” he said. “We are recommending people limit or avoid ultra-processed foods because they have very low nutritional quality.”

Eating biscuits or crisps or drinking cola occasionally does no harm, he says, but these foods are designed to make us want more of them. “It is beyond liking. We are entering the world of craving,” he said. They are also universally available and cheap. The key ingredients are refined flours, cheap oil and fats, sugars, starches, protein isolates and salt.

“We are moving further and further away from food that nourishes us,” he said.

broduce maknaes & midnight snacks (in my head)

bae jinyoung: he looks like he doesnt eat a lot but sometimes it just kicks in and he goes to shove fried rice in his mouth

lee daehwi: the type to pour the milk before the cereal… ratio of milk to cereal is 1:4, amount he puts on the bowl depends on how happy he is

lai guan lin: u know,,, the cheetos and lays’ are his. a regular kitchen cabinet-goer

lee euiwoong: this one rarely does bcos he decides to be gentle w/ himself like this, but when he does it’s a neatly done sandwich that looks like him lol or streetfood he bought earlier!

kim dongbin: just shares with whoever else is there for a lil bit

kim samuel: fast food i guess sometimes a burger sometimes that with fries. or fried chicken, etc. sometimes he dissects the burger and smells it first..?

yoo seonho: a king…………..its not like he’s not prepared he has a stash of dry manufactured foods/junkfood somewhere they’re enough to last him 3 months even though he grabs something 15 times a day. its not rare that u find him and guanlin in the kitchen at the same time,but in different corners for some reason

justin: probably just yoghurt. goes to sleep

lee woojin: omg i dont know maybe he’s wilded out some night and another night and counting

“It seemed all of the large health organizations were encouraging people to eat the very foods linked to the diseases they’re supposed to be fighting against. American Heart Association promoting beef, American Cancer Society promoting processed meat, pink ribbons on dairy products, and bacon-wrapped shrimp on the American Diabetes Association’s website.

Then, it all came together. What if… And there it was. The American Diabetes Association was taking money from Dannon, one of the world’s largest dairy yogurt producers. Kraft Foods, makers of Velveeta processed cheese, Oscar Meyer processed meats, Lunchables processed kids’ meals, and Bumble Bee Foods, makers of processed canned meats. American Cancer Society was taking money from Tyson, one of the world’s largest meat producers and Yum! Brand, owner of Pizza Hut, KFC and Taco Bell. Susan G Komen, who was supposed to be fighting breast cancer, was corporate partnering with KFC, Dietz Watson processed meats and Yoplait yogurt. The American Heart Association was probably the most disturbing of all, taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from the beef industry, poultry and dairy producers and millions from fast food and processed food manufacturers (such as Unilever, Subway, Domino’s Pizza, Farmland, Nestle, Mars, Kraft, Kellogg’s and Pepsico). Every single one of these organizations was taking money from meat and dairy companies that are associated with the causes of these diseases. This would be like the American Lung Association taking money from the tobacco industry.” 

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((Ok so this one needs a bit of explaining for non-finns… (ja jonneille jotka ei muista)

In 2005(?) there was this commercial from Saarioinen, a Finnish food manufacturer. The slogan of Saarioinen claims “Food made by moms since 1957″. In the commercial some kids at a playground are seen arguing whose mom makes better food (”Our mom makes better food than your mom”). At the end a little girl declares: “Our mom makes your moms’ foods!”, suggesting her mom works at Saarioinen and the other moms’ foods are ready-made meals from Saarioinen.))

robinsdoghouseofwhump  asked:

Heya! I've been trying to go zero waste for a while, but haven't fully transitioned. I wanted to know your thoughts on "greenwashing" because I feel like I've been seeing it alot lately. Is there a standard label that you can trust that shows a company is doing their best? I'm asking because a lot of companies are SAYING that they are doing all this great stuff, buy other people say they arent. Its hard to know who to listen to

Yeah, this is a little tricky. I can tell you the kind of things I do…

So, for those reading who don’t know the term, greenwashing is when a company pretends to care about the environment in an attempt to sell you stuff. And it may be difficult to tell what’s what at first glance, particularly as a lot of these companies are good at hiding their dirty laundry.

One obvious example of greenwashing is adverts from literal oil companies claiming that they’re working on clean energy. If they really cared, they wouldn’t still be drilling for oil, quite frankly. Others are more subtle, but taking a look at their practices or products can tell you a lot.

Checking their website is a good start. Many of them, like clothing manufacturers or food producers, how have a whole section on ethics and practices. Pay attention to the things they don’t tell you, as well as the things they do. Sure they may promise to plant trees somewhere, but how do they treat the farmers who grow their products? They may agree to cut their emissions, but are they also complicit in deforestation?

If you have the spoons for it, make your own informed choices, trust your own judgement, and don’t be afraid to change your opinion on things as and when you find out more information.

anonymous asked:

Hi Sam! I just got a great email from Pillsbury with fun spring recipes and I thought your quarantine readers might get some use out of this basic cooking tip: food manufacturers want you to buy their food, so they make it easy. Check a company website for recipe ideas. Anyway, love to the Cryptids! The doggo pants in your direction, but lovingly.

That is a great tip! Also it’s super fun to pick a random food that you wouldn’t normally cook with and go to the website and see how they’ve managed to crowbar it into recipes. Lots of entertainment to be had there!

The Cryptids would send their love but they are busy wrestling over who gets to rest their front paws on the electric towel warmer. 

Porky pet food

Anonymous said to @ask-drferox: Hey doc, I was just wondering why we don’t see pork being used in dog food. At least from what I’ve seen in the US and EU there’s chicken, duck, beef, rabbit, horse, deer, and salmon but never pork? I’m just curious.         

It’s totally in the pet food. Particularly pork liver is used to make things more palatable, which is why reading the ingredient list is so important for allergic pets.

There is probably a cultural component. There are some religious objections to feeding pig products, and there is a strong trend of people feeding their pets food that appeals to the human. A cat doesn’t care if a food is ‘chicken flavor’ or ‘over roasted chicken flavor’, but do you really think that cat food has been roasted in an oven? The same applies to labels like grain free, all natural, organic, holistic, etc.

And there is also a decent human market for pork off cuts. The less pretty meat and less fashionable cuts can go into hot dogs, or salami and other processed meat. Abattoirs sell the meat to whoever is going to pay the most for it, and for pork it’s usually not pet food manufacturers. Pet food manufacturers can usually get mutton cheaper in Australia.

So... "breakfast is the most important meal of the day."

…What you may not know is the origin of this ode to breakfast: a 1944 marketing campaign launched by Grape Nuts manufacturer General Foods to sell more cereal. During the campaign, which marketers named “Eat a Good Breakfast-Do a Better Job”, grocery stores handed out pamphlets that promoted the importance of breakfast while radio advertisements announced that “Nutrition experts say breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” And everyone believed the hype. And still does.