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(article, Culinate staff)
Sometimes it seems like the conventional meat industry is just one long reel of a horror film. There's so much going on, in fact, that food reporters have taken to compiling lists of offenses, just to keep track of it all. On his Mother Jones blog, Tom Philpott recently posted a list of seven food-industry practices banned in Europe but allowed in the U.S., including drugs and chemicals in meat and gestation crates for sows. On AlterNet, Martha Rosenberg detailed six categories of scary stuff about hog farming, including problems with disease, slaughter, environmental damage, and health concerns. And on the Huffington Post, Fedele Bauccio, the CEO of Bon Appétit Management Company, ticked off the major problems with the U.S. meat industry. Given the overall mess we've got on our hands, Bauccio didn't think much of China's recent bid to buy into our pork industry: bq. The industrialization of the American meat system has inarguably resulted in cheap hot dogs. But at what price? China should think hard about the consequences that will likely flow from adopting the U.S. factory farming model.