Sunday, June 03, 2012

Activist Mischief: Pink Slime

Who wants to eat Pink Slime? The ammonia treated meat scraps the beef industry sells as a cheaper alternative to ground beef. Activists led by Jamie Oliver (who I generally like) have made the pink slime name stick and now it is being eliminated from school lunches nation wide. The thing is not only is Pink Slime cheaper, it is healthier (it contains less fat than ground beef and the ammonia kills bacteria), and tastes better at least according to this informal NY Times taste test

A good case study for my class on the powers and perils of activist politics where choices are driven based on the wisdom of crowds sometimes for the better but sometimes for the worse. (Also kudos to whoever coined the term pink slime for making it stick.)

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