So basically, he’s railing against “mechanically separated meat” or a cousin to it. That’s used in a lot of products, and not just with beef. Chicken, pork, etc. It’s a little icky to think about the processing of it, but a slaughterhouse isn’t exactly magical rainbows and unicorns either.
My only beef (bad pun very much intended) with the MS meat is in super cheap products made almost entirely out of the stuff. And that’s only because they almost always taste like “mystery meat” to me. I don’t condemn people for buying it (it’s an affordable option for folks who can’t buy the premium stuff), or for companies who produce it (it fills a market need, and is one of the reasons some prison food budgets aren’t higher than they already are). There’s nothing unsafe about those products. It’s just been my experience most of them taste like crud.
Machines take a lot of handwork out of what everyone used to do anyway.
Scrapple, headcheese, sausage, the various organ”wursts”, etc.
Feeding more people off less is a reasonable goal. The dogs can still eat just fine off the bones and fat , like they did 1000 years ago.
True - most heavily ‘mechanically separated’ products taste a bit like crud (or mystery meat)- but some taste OK - depending on the percentage added and who’s doing it and what spices they are using.
Our ancestors strived to eat every portion of a slaughtered animal - things like scrapple and head cheese, etc. is frowned upon now - in favor of rib eye and skinless chicken breast.
If the costs can be contained by picking the bones clean and making something decently palatable - I’m for it. My great-grandfathers were for it and I’m for it now.
I’m making soup tomorrow - chicken - simmering bones and carcass for hours - extract the marrow goodness- eewwwwww - LOL
And, if my infrequent $1 lunch is disrupted by Jamie Oliver - I will be annoyed.