industry-of-the-Ordinary

Match of the Day II, 2005, Industry of the Ordinary (IOTO, collaboration between Adam Brooks and Mathew Wilson), as Old God and Young God, play table football, first to 100 goals, on the promontory point by North Avenue beach.  Photo: Greg Stimac  (Click to see larger)

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Been moving so quickly this past year that I’m not sure I ever shared photos of this work. Huge thanks to Victor Yañez-Lazcano for his expert assistance on making this one a reality.

Lemonade, 2015
Hosted by Adam Brooks/Industry of the Ordinary
Terrain Biennial, Chicago

Sculptural installation and social space designed to foster generative contexts, provide moments of respite, and add a little bit of sweetness to our otherwise sour social conditions. Lemonade dispensed, both child-friendly and spiked, at regular intervals, along with the accompanying cards.

EJ Hill and Collin Pressler
Untitled, 2012

The proposed work will place EJ Hill and Collin Pressler in a public, building-front window space with high foot traffic. Both men will be clothed in white cotton boxer-briefs and t-shirts. The space will be furnished with a twin-size bed fitted with white sheets, two pillows fitted with white pillow cases, and a white blanket. During the course of the 24 hour performance, both men will engage the theme of intimacy through talking, kissing, embracing and resting together in the space. The artists will present themselves at the curious intersection of public and private space in a way that validates and celebrates the beauty and naturalism of male intimacy.

http://notesonlooking.com/2012/10/making-room/

I’m going to put my “why I hate pet food” textwall in its own post because i am proud of it.

This is what i hate about Blue Buffalo also. Not a bad food in ans of itself, but there are SO many foods that are better and SIGNIFICANTLY less expensive.

Also, Science Diet, Purina, Pedigree, and many others are made with “chicken by-product meal” and “poultry meal” which are feed/pet grade ingredients which are legally considered inedible by the FDA. There’s basically no standards they have to follow for safe storage or handling of these materials, they can be diseased, rendered, rotten, etc and are absolutely legal to use in pet food. Quote FDA Compliance Policy (675.400 Rendered Animal Feed Ingredients)

“No regulatory action will be considered for animal feed ingredients resulting from the ordinary rendering process of industry, including those using animals which have died otherwise than by slaughter, provided they are not otherwise in violation of the law.”

FDA’s Compliance Policy (675.100 Diversion of Contaminated Food for Animal Use);

“FDA does not object to the diversion to animal feed of human food adulterated with rodent, roach, or bird excreta.”

FDA Compliance Policy (675.200 Diversion of Adulterated Food to Acceptable Animal Feed Use)

“The Center will consider the requests for diversion of food considered adulterated for human use in all situations where the diverted food will be acceptable for its intended animal food use. Such situations may include:
a. Pesticide contamination in excess of the permitted tolerance or action level.
b. Pesticide contamination where the pesticide involved is unapproved for use on a food or feed commodity.
c. Contamination by industrial chemicals.
d. Contamination by natural toxicants.
e. Contamination by filth.
f. Microbiological contamination.
g. Over tolerance or unpermitted drug residues.”

So, in short, feed grade ingredients (which by-product meals are defined as) are considered inedible or harmful to humans and cannot be classified as food, but are allowed in animal feed or pet food. They are, legally, considered inedible by the FDA. I’ve only met ONE vet who’s researched ingredients and definitions and safety, and she’s the one I go to, and she advocates for NOT feeding anything with ANY kind of feed-grade ingredients. As someone who HAS to know these definitions and works in the industry, I ask every vet I consider for general wellness (so not surgeons or emergency vets) or that advises me on food if they’ve read the FDA regulations in regards to pet feed. And the only one I’ve met is my personal vet (who I will not be naming for the sake of her safety) who feeds her animals a home-made, raw diet. Yeah, you heard me… a vet who feeds raw. She, very rightly, believes that raw, human-grade meat is far, far safer than anything feed-grade. By the way, raw pet foods are held under human food-grade standards, so they legally cannot contain feed-grade ingredients. But your average bag of Dog Chow, Science Diet Prescription Diet, Pedegree…

“Inedible” is defined by regulation as adulterated, uninspected, or not intended for use as human food…Most “inedible product” generated by retail processing is normally edible product that has been chosen by the establishment to be downgraded to inedible product, mainly because there is no further use for it as an edible product.

True inedible product is that product that has been contaminated or adulterated and therefore is not acceptable as an edible product or as ingredient of an edible product or used to produce and edible product.

An example of true inedible is the fat and meat scraps removed from drains at the end of the processing operations cleaning activities.”

“…hide or skin, hair, horns, teeth, fats, bone, ligaments and cartilage, feet, glands, blood, and lungs. Some inedible offal, along with normally edible offal that has been deemed unsuitable for human consumption, bones from meat processing, and cattle that are unsuitable for human consumption (nonambulatory and other condemned cattle), is rendered for use in the industrial, cosmetic, and feed manufacturing industries.”

“The regulations require that each condemned carcass, part, or visceral organ be marked with the “U.S. Inspected and Condemned” brand (312.6(a) (5), 381.101). If the condemned product cannot be branded because of its size or texture, it must be placed in a container identified with the words “U.S. Condemned.” Condemned product is to be disposed of by tanking.” (aka rendering)

Vegetables and grains and their derivatives, used as ingredients of certified maintenance food, shall be of good quality, shall be free from discoloration, mold, smut, and insect infestation, and shall be otherwise fit for use as animal food.

“CVM is aware of the sale of dead, dying, disabled, or diseased (4-D) animals to salvagers for use as animal food. Meat from these carcasses is boned and the meat is packaged or frozen without heat processing. The raw, frozen meat is shipped for use by several industries, including pet food manufacturers, zoos, greyhound kennels, and mink ranches. This meat may present a potential health hazard to the animals that consume it and to the people who handle it.

POLICY: Uncooked meat derived from 4-D animals is adulterated under Section 402(a)(5) of the Act, and its shipment in interstate commerce for animal food use is subject to appropriate regulatory action.”

All of these are taken directly from the FDA, CVM and AAFCO’s websites.

Basically, any kind of meat scrap, from diseased animals or shreds of meat from the drains at slaughterhouses, are allowed for use in pet food as long as they cook the snot out of it. Which is why commercial raw pet food cannot contain any of these ingredients, and is held to human food standards. Moldy and rotting fruits, vegetables and grains are also allowed; in fact in a recent consumer-funded testing of 12 commonly sold dog and cat food brands, eleven of them had mycotoxin (poison left over from dead mold spores) levels over what is legally considered safe by the FDA. Mycotoxin poisoning can be lethal to dogs, cats, AND people. Cooking does not destroy mycotoxins, OR microbial toxins, the waste left behind by the bacteria that had been living in the food.

I understand that my dog can and should eat things I find absolutely disgusting, but I do not believe in feeding them moldy vegetables and diseased carcasses. I work in the commercial pet food industry and I would not get anywhere near a majority of products, even the ones people say are “good” like Wellness still contain feed-grade ingredients and toxins. I can count the amount of kibbled commercial dog food I’d actually feed to my pets on one hand. A lot of times I scoff at what people recommend on this website as “good” because I know all the problems with virtually every brand I’ve come across.

Dry pet food exists for convenience. Is it nutritionally complete? Yeah, sure. But it exists for the good of the people, not the animals. It exists so people can take two minutes to throw a scoop of food down in their bowl and know their animal isn’t going to be malnourished. It is designed for convenience of humans, not their pets. And I understand that not everyone has the time or knowledge to calculate their animals nutritional needs. But think about it: a feeding trial by AAFCO and the CVM is giving the animals nothing but that particular food for six months. Half of the animals can be removed from the trial for any reason, including illness or death. So, basically, if the dog doesn’t die on it for six months and is in reasonable health, it’s passed the strictest regulatory test that exists. I’m pretty sure anyone who’s been in college knows that a person can survive on instant noodles and burritos for six months and not die… but it’s hardly a healthy, balanced diet. And a lot of the studies used to calculate nutritional requirements are done on other animals. I remember reading that the iron requirement for dog food was determined by a study done on newborn swine, but I can’t find a source for it, so take it with a grain of salt.

Also, fun fact, dogs fed only kibble still shed salmonella in their feces.

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