Friday, October 21, 2005
A McDonald's supplier claims the invention of the nugget in 1979. McDonald's, worried by the trend away from red meat towards 'healthier' white meat, asked the manufacturer, Keystone Foods, if it could produce a boneless chicken finger food which would be in keeping with its other fast food. Keystone laboratories came up with McNuggets, little gobbets of minced, reconstituted chicken, battered and breaded. The nuggets slip down. Hot and crisp on the outside, soft and moist inside, they have that textureless, easy-on-the-jaw, flavoured 'mouth feel' that children like.
Domesticated birds may become infected with avian influenza virus through direct contact with infected waterfowl or other infected poultry, or through contact with surfaces (such as dirt or cages) or materials (such as water or feed) that have been contaminated with virus. People, vehicles, and other inanimate objects such as cages can be vectors for the spread of influenza virus from one farm to another. When this happens, avian influenza outbreaks can occur among poultry.
Europe and America are big on breasts. The Japanese prefer thighs, dark, slimey and gamey ones. Feet are a bit of a fetish in China. Gizzards go to Russia. But smooth, damp slabs of white flesh are what us rednecks buy when we want our chicken. That leaves the naked carcasses, and skin, mountains and mountains of it - pale, flaccid, pimply, raw, ripped off by 100,000 shift workers' hands, from Thailand to Brazil, from the Netherlands to Norfolk, Virginia. The skin goes around the world for chicken nuggets. And what do all folks want when they want some chicken cheap, they want a McNugget. Rumor in the factory is that this skin keeps the McNugget moist, as much as 15% of a nugget is skin...skin culled from factory farms all around the world.
Today, watch what goes in your mouth. Think now and again about what goes in you.
McFlu? Empire Scout, Kodak E100, cross processed.
Sources: the CDC and Guardian Unlimited.
On a lighter note, tomorrow is World Toy Camera Day! Shoot something or somebody you gangstas! I know I is.
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