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McDonald's Phasing Out Gestation Crates In Next 10 Years

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McDonald's is putting their money where their mouth is!

Months after joining the cause and announcing they will no longer use gestation crates for their pork, Mickey D's has a plan of action.

The Humane Society likes what they hear, but

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Like Bacon? It May Be Your Genetics

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According to a new study, your genes may be what determine if you like the taste of pork or not.

The study had people with variations of an odor receptor gene rate the taste and smell of several pork meat samples.

The receptor is sensitive to

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McDonalds Joins The HSUS To End Use Of Gestation Crates

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McDonald's has just announced that it will now require its U.S. pork suppliers to have a plan to phase out the use of gestation crates.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has been pushing for the removal of gestation crates for a while now because they are used on pregnant pigs and it basically immobilizes them for their entire pregnancy.

The senior vice president of McDonald’s North America Supply Chain Management said:

"McDonald’s believes gestation stalls are not a sustainable production system for the future. There are alternatives that we think are better for the welfare of sows.

McDonald’s wants to see the end of sow confinement in gestation stalls in our supply chain. We are beginning an assessment with our U.S. suppliers to determine how to build on the work already underway to reach that goal.

In May, after receiving our suppliers’ plans, we’ll share results from the assessment and our next steps."

The HSUS, very happy with this decision, said:

"The HSUS has been a long-time advocate for ending the use of gestation crates, and McDonald’s announcement is important and promising.

All animals deserve humane treatment, including farm animals, and it’s just wrong to immobilize animals for their whole lives in crates barely larger than their bodies."

Even Dr. Temple Grandin, from the amazing movie Temple Grandin, is pleased with their decision. She said:

"Moving from gestation stalls to better alternatives will improve the welfare of sows and I’m pleased to see McDonald’s working with its suppliers toward that end.

It takes a thorough plan to address the training of animal handlers, proper feeding systems, and the significant financial investment and logistics involved with such a big change. I’m optimistic about this announcement."

Seems like everyone is really happy and in agreement for once.

Let's hope other fast food chains follow their lead.

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Craving a hearty pasta meal? Sautee spicy ground turkey sausage in olive oil, add whole-wheat linguini, roasted peppers and a touch of parmesan cheese! The pickiest critics, won’t notice that the sausage isn’t pork-based!

- Kitchen conscious food lover, Caitlin Cooks

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Walmart China CEO & Senior VP Resign Following Pork Debacle

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The execs at Walmart China are jumping ship less than a week after that whole pork labeling scandal.

CEO Ed Chan stepped down for "personal reasons" while Senior VP of Human Resources Clara Wong declined to comment on her resignation.

For now, the president of Walmart Asia will step in until a new CEO is chosen.

Good luck. We have a feeling you're going to need it.

[Image via AP Images.]

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China Vs. Walmart — The Saga Continues

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More problems for Walmart in China!

This time authorities have arrested two employees, shut down 13 locations for two days and fined them $421,000 after they discovered Walmart was marketing regular pork as higher priced organic meat.

If that sounds harsh, you're not alone.

Monitor Group's Hong Kong-based head of

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Wal-Mart Is In Trouble In China For Selling Overpriced Pork

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Authorities in China's southwestern city of Chongqing are cracking down on Wal-Mart for selling crappy pork and labeling it as good pork!

The company allegedly fraudulently labeled ordinary pork as more-expensive organic pork and 12 stores have been closed as a result.

This isn't the first incident that raised eyebrows either.

Since 2006, the giant retail store chain has been punished 21 times by Chongqing city officials for violations including false advertising, mislabeling, and food safety!

In it's most recent incident, the stores must remain closed for 15 days while cooperating with the investigation.

This incident makes us wonder: If they're selling overpriced pork in China, are they selling it here too?

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