Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Slop Bucket


Do you know what happens to the food you don’t eat at a restaurant? If you happen to be eating at a small non-chain restaurant in a rural area, the leftovers probably go into a slop bucket. The food is saved for someone who picks it up every couple of days and uses it to feed their pigs. The leftovers are not given to a large factory farm, but to an individual with a few pigs.

“I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals” - Sir Winston Churchill

The average American eats approximately 50lbs of pork every year. More than likely, that pork originates from a factory farm where the pigs are housed in gestation crates for their entire lives. Know where your food comes from, there are plenty of youtube videos about the horrors that take place on factory farms. 

All of the following rules and definitions come from: Volume 1, Title 9, Chapter 1, Part 166.1-167.10 of the Code of Federal Regulations:

According to the FDA, the food in the slop bucket is not fit for the consumption of swine. It is cooked food that is off limits for the pigs unless it is re-cooked for 30min. In many states (Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin) feeding any garbage to swine is completely prohibited, but in the state of NC feeding of re-cooked garbage is permissible.

What is garbage?

Garbage – All waste material derived in whole or in part from the meat of any animal (including fish and poultry) or other animal material, and other refuse of any character whatsoever that has been associated with any such material, resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking or consumption of food, except that such term shall not include waste from ordinary household operation which is fed directly to swine on the same premises where such household is located.

In other words, it is illegal for you to give your own neighbor table scraps for their hogs. I like how meat is referred to as “material” and the other food which may have been associated with the “material” is called “refuse of any character whatsoever.” It sounds like a strange insult to food or something you say to your children about not associating with those other children who have a refuse character.

Who is responsible for the refuse of any character whatsoever that has been associated with any such material?

Any operator, manager or person in charge of a restaurant, café, boardinghouse, school, hospital, or other public or private place where food is served to persons other than members of the immediate family or nonpaying guests of such operator, manager, or person in charge, shall not allow or permit garbage to be removed from the premises thereof unless the person removing said garbage is in possession of a valid garbage-feeding permit issued by the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, or unless such person removing said garbage is in possession of a document from the county department of health wherein such garbage located stating that the person removing said garbage is authorized to dispose of such garbage n a legal manner or unless such person removing said garbage is an employee of a municipality engaged in the regular collection of garbage for said municipality.

First of all, whoever wrote this should receive some kind of longest sentence award. According to this rule, it seems that if you have a large party at your house and charge a small fee for a food bill, and happen to produce “said garbage” then allow one of your guests to take leftovers home, you may be in violation of the law. It also seems less illegal if someone simply steals the “refuse of any character whatsoever that has been associated with such material” than it is for them to politely ask for the “said garbage.” I see nothing in the rules which states stealing garbage is illegal; therefore, it must not be illegal because if it were it would clearly be written in a statement like:

“If any such individual is apprehended while displacing the said garbage from the premises of a restaurant, café, boardinghouse, school, hospital or other public or private place where food is served to persons other than members of the immediate family or nonpaying guests then the said individual will face charges under penalty of law (Volume 8 pg. 3849.7 Bureaucratic Nonsense, 1984, c.834, s. 8).”

I will give the writer of the law an A+ for making up the most extravagant job description for garbage men I have ever read. Maybe if I ever happen to have a job as a garbage woman, I will write down my previous experience as:

I was previously employed by a municipality engaged in the regular collection of refuse of any character and material. I was also authorized to dispose of the said refuse and material in a legal manner. 

I find it funny that nickname for the government “Uncle Sam” originated from a pork packer.

During the War of 1812, a New York pork packer named Uncle Sam Wilson shipped a boatload of several hundred barrels of pork to U.S. troops. Each barrel was stamped "U.S." on the docks. The "U.S." stood for "Uncle Sam" whose shipment seemed large enough to feed the entire army. This is how "Uncle Sam" came to represent the U.S. Government.

Monday, June 11, 2012

I Say Tomato

First Tomato of the Year

This is a picture of my first tomato for this year. It is from a plant that was purchased at a flea market in Pickens, SC about a month ago. I kept in on the porch in a pot as an experiment to see if it would grow better, but it is still unhealthy and only produced two tomatoes. I put ashes on the leaves as a deterrent against aphids which actually seemed to work.  

Tomatoes originated in South America and the word “tomato” is Native American which translates to “the swelling fruit.” I have always associated tomatoes with Italian food, so I assumed it was from Europe. What did the Italians use for pasta sauce before tomatoes were introduced?

Prior to starting this project, I probably ate a tomato-based product nearly every day. Americans must consume a tremendous amount of tomatoes in ketchup, sauces, soups and drinks. In 2009 approximately 150 million tons of tomatoes were produced with 35% being grown in the US. I have used the one ripe tomato for the past three days in omelets. Hopefully, I will have enough tomatoes this year to be able to can sauce.

Row of Tomatoes
Here is an excerpt from Foxfire:

Esco Pitts: I never saw a tomato till I was ten or twelve years old. My daddy wouldn’t hardly go to the table if there was a tomato on there. He said they wasn’t a hog would eat’em and he wasn’t going to eat’em.

Other than humans, relatively few animals eat tomatoes. The plants have such a strong odor that I can understand why they avoid them. The leaves and stems contain atropine which is toxic if ingested. According to Wikipedia, the use of tomato leaves in tea has been responsible for at least one death.

Monday, June 4, 2012

May Food List


Here it is folks, my May food list. I had exams on the 1st and 2nd, so I didn't keep track and I ate out a couple of days this month. I had a chicken wrap on one day and a lot of fast food on another day. Many new fruits and vegetables are coming into my diet. You can see when I eat 1 strawberry or 1 blueberry that it is just the beginning of those foods.

3rd - 4 tiny carrots, 1/3c spinach, 3 eggscr, 1 med tortilla, 1/4 bread, 1tbs butter, 1tbs sugar, 1 pot coffee
4th - 2c applesauce, 2c blackberries, 1/3c spinach, 1c bush beans, 1c broccoli, 3/4c asparagus, 1tsp garlic, 3 eggscr, 1tbs gccheese, 1 med tortilla, 1/2 bread, 2tbs butter, 3tbs sugar, 1 pot coffee
5th - blackberry syrup, 3/4c asparagus, 1c bush beans, 1/4c spinach saute, 3 eggfrtst, 1/3bread, 1/4pound cake, 2tb butter, 1 tbs sugar, 1 pot coffee
6th - blackberry syrup, 2c applesauce, 3 eggscr, 1med tortilla, 1/4 bread, 1/3 pound cake, 1tbs butter, , 1tbs sugar, 1 pot coffee
7th - 2 strawberries, 1/8c green peppers, 1c bush beans, 3 eggscr, 1/3c rice, 1/4 bread, 1tbs butter, 1tbs sugar, 1 pot coffee
8th - 2c blackberries, 1 strawberry, 1/8c green peppers, 1 tiny carrot, 1c bush beans, 3 eggscr, 1/3c rice, 2tbs sugar, 1 pot coffee
10th - 1c applesauce, 1 strawberry, 1/3c spinach saute, 1c broccoli, 3 eggscr, 1 med tortilla, 1/4 bread, 1bs butter, 1tsp honey, 1 pot coffee
11th – 1/2c strawberries, 1c bush beans, 3 eggscr, 1 med tortilla, 1/3 bread, 1tbs butter, 2tbs sugar, 2tsp honey, 1 pot coffee,
12th - 2c blackberries, 1c strawberries, 1 lime, 1/8c green peppers, 1c bush beans, 3 eggcr, 1/3c rice, 1/2 spritz, 2tbs sugar, 2tsp honey, 2 pot coffee,
13th - 1c strawberries, 1lime, 2 tiny carrots, 3 eggscr, 1med tortilla, 1/2 spritz, 1/2tb butter, 3tbs sugar, 1tsp honey, 1 pot coffee,
14th - 3 tiny carrots, 1/4c potatoes, 1 scallion, 2c peanut beans, 1/3c goat meat, 1/3c rice, 1/4 bread, 1/2tbs butter, 3 tsp honey, 2 pot coffee,
15th - 3 strawberries, 1c broccoli, 3 eggscr, 1/3 bread, 1-1/2tbs honey, 1 pot coffee
16th - 2c blackberries, 4 strawberries, 1-1/2c potatoes, 1c broccoli, 1c bush beans, 1 sugar snap pea , 3 eggscr, 1/3 bread, 2tbs butter, 2tsp honey, 1 pot coffee
17th - 5 strawberries, 1c potatoes, 1 sugar snap pea, 1tbs butter, 1tsp honey, 1 pot coffee
18th - 1c peanut beans, 1 fried squash, 1 radish, 3 eggscr, 1/3c rice, 1/2tbs butter, 1tsp honey,
1 pot coffee
19th - 2c applesauce, 2 strawberries, 1c peanut beans, 1/4c lettuce, lemon herb tea, 3 eggscr, 1med tortilla, 1/4 pound cake, 1/2tbs butter, 1tsp honey, 1 pot coffee,
20th - 1/2c strawberries, 2c blackberries, 3/4c potatoes, 3 eggscr, 1med tortilla, 1/4 bread, 1tbs butter, 2tsp honey, 1 pot coffee
21st - 1/8c green pepper, 3 eggscr, 1/3c rice, 1/4 bread, 1tbs butter, 1tsp honey, 1 pot coffee
22nd - 1c strawberries, 1c bush beans, 1c sugar snap peas, 3 eggscr, 1/4 bread, 1tbs butter, 2tsp honey, 2 pot coffee
23rd - chicken wrap, potato salad, 1tsp honey, 1 pot coffee,
24th - day with bonnie, chinese food, sm caramel ice cream, 1 king reeces pieces, mcdonalds cherry berry sm, sm popcorn, dr pepper
25th - 1c strawberries, 1 blueberry, 1/2c raw sugar snap peas, 1c brocolli, 3sm carrots, 1c potatoes, 1c bush beans, 3 eggscr, 1/3c rice, 1/4 bread, 1/4 spritz, 2tbs butter, 2tbs honey, 1 pot coffee
26th - 1/4c blueberries, 1c strawberries, 1c bush beans, 3 eggscr, 1/3c rice, 1/4 spritz, 1/2tbs butter
27th - 5 blueberries, 1/4c sugar snap peas, 1c bush beans, 3 eggscr, 1/3c rice, 1/3 spritz, 1/2tbs butter, 1tsp honey, 1 pot coffee,
28th - 1c strawberries, 3 blueberries, 1/4c lettuce, 1-1/4c broccoli, 3 eggscr, 1 med tortilla, 1/4 bread, 1/2tbs butter,
29th - 1/4c sugar snap peas, 3 eggscr, 1 med tortilla, 1/4 bread, 1tbs butter, 1tbs honey, 1 pot coffee
30th - 2 radishes, 2sm carrots, 1/2 carrot top, 1sm potato, 2 scallions, 1/8c green peppers, 1/2tbs garlic, 1c sugar snap peas, 3 eggscr, 1/3c goat meat, 1/3c rice, 1 med tortilla, 1/4 bread, 1-1/2tbs butter, 2tsp honey, 2 pot coffee
31st - 1c strawberries, 1-1/2c potatoes, 1/2c sugar snap peas, 3 eggfrtst, 1/3 bread, 2tbs butter