Each day tens of thousands of children in Georgia’s public schools are fed what former USDA scientist, Gerald Zirnstein dubbed, “pink slime.” This beef “additive” is found in at least 70% of all ground beef used in fast food and commercial cooking facilities in Georgia.
And it is in the ground beef your children eat every week at school.
“Pink Slime” is made by gathering “waste” trimmings (parts, that until recently, were only allowed in dog food or cooking oil), simmering them at low heat so the fat separates easily from the muscle, and spinning the trimmings using a centrifuge to complete the separation.
But that’s not all…
See, the problem when you turn garbage bits of animal carcasses into “pink slime” to sell as a food product is that there’s an issue with pathogens, such as E. coli. And when samples of the pink slime were tested, the tests came back showing that the slime was rampant with harmful bacteria. Now, one might think that the best idea would be to decide not to sell pink slime to feed to humans, but there’s no money in that, is there? So they cleverly started disinfecting the slime with ammonia. And they convinced the FDA to allow them to list it as a “processing ingredient” so that we wouldn’t know we were eating ammonia.
This is what our children are being fed in their government funded school lunch programs. And we decided enough is enough. Something needed to be done.
Cows in the Cafeteria is born!
In January of 2012, we served over 1200 grass-fed hamburgers to the children of Statham Elementary and East Jackson Elementary. After months of working with the Department of Agriculture, the USDA, and the Department of Education, we were given the green light to donate our beef to these 2 schools. Of course, that was after the local School Superintendent, Nutritional Directors and the Principals gave their approval.
Lazy B Farm was the first local farm to donate grass-fed beef to a local school cafeteria. It was truly an amazing experience and we learned a lot. If you’d like to see the faces of the children enjoying our hamburgers, please click here.
This event was so well received that we’ve had requests from all over the state to offer our beef to other school children. My heart wants to respond with a resounding YES! Our vision and dream is to be a catalyst for change in the food movement for our children in the state of Georgia. But we’re only one farm with a handful of cows. However, we’re firm believers in leading by example. Our hope is to be the inspiration others may need to make a difference in their community.
We’d like to do more, we’d like to offer local beef to more children in this area but we need your help. We won’t ask you to raise a few cattle in your back yard, we won’t even ask you to volunteer to make a couple hundred hamburger patties!
What we would ask of you is to be our guest at the first Cows in the Cafeteria Farm to Table Dinner, Sunday, October 6, 2013.
Sit out under the stars. Enjoy a fabulous locally sourced meal, created by Mama’s Boy Restaurant’s head chef, Jeff Daniell. Listen to relaxing music from the Taylor-Rich String Trio of Athens. And be inspired by Katharyn Richt, wife of UGA Football coach, Mark Richt, as she shares her personal story regarding childhood nutrition.
Your ticket will help fund the purchase of local beef so we can donate it to the local schools in our area. Last year Lazy B Farm donated $1200 worth of beef to feed our school children. We’d like to see that tripled for this coming school year.
With your help, we can reach that goal!
If you’re not able to join us for this incredible evening but would still like to participate in this endeavor, we would deeply appreciate a donation. Simply click here for more details.
Will you help us fulfill this dream? The need is real. The trail has been blazed. The resources are available. The time is now. Together we can make this happen. Thank you so much!