A recent news story, no doubt designed to capture the attention of people wanting light and weird news, has accidentally revealed yet another disgusting and unpleasant fact about the American food system.
The case took off when a Wisconsin Sheriff posted on Facebook that “hundreds of thousands of Skittles” had fallen off a truck and spilled on a highway. Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt joked that it would be difficult to taste the rainbow in its entirety.
He also posted that the Skittles were on their way to become cattle feed.
Proving why it is one of the top mainstream news agencies, CNN promptly jumped on the story since clearly it was the most important news of the day. But reporting the story did reveal something that most Americans probably didn’t know: i.e., that Skittles are actually used for cattle feed.
To add an additional twist to the story, Mars Incorporated, the maker of Skittles, said it did not know how the Skittles in question came to be used for animal feed since they were coming from a factory that doesn’t sell unused products for that purpose.
Mars does, however, sell unused candy and unused ingredients to industrial agricultural processors that then incorporate them with other material which will be fed to animals.
While many might find this shocking, the process is not novel. In fact, it is quite common and is approved by the Food and Drug Administration. For Skittles specifically, the candies are often melted down into a syrup that is then mixed with other material and food byproducts to be fed to cattle.
While we are not surprised that Skittles would be used for cattle feed by Big Ag operations, we are surprised that CNN actually reported a productive story even if it was by accident.
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Brandon Turbeville – article archive here – is an author out of Florence, South Carolina. He is the author of six books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies,Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2, The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria,and The Difference it Makes: 36 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Should Never Be President. Turbeville has published over 950 articles dealing on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s podcast Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV. He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com.