Why Cows May Be Eating Skittles and Donuts With Their Dinner

Cast-off human food products often make their way into cattle feed.

By Alexandra HartJanuary 24, 2017 1:48 pm

Last week in Wisconsin, hundreds of thousands of red skittles were found scattered across a highway. After some investigation, the source of the spill was determined to be a truck hauling the sweets to a farm for use in cattle feed.

Tryon Wickersham, professor at Texas A&M University, says that companies selling unorthodox and excess food products to farmers to mix into cattle feed is more common than many realize.

“You can think of cattle as the best up-cycler,” Wickersham says.

What you’ll hear in this segment:

– Is this practice safe for cattle and those who consume their meat?

– How much of cattle feed is comprised of excess food products

– What other food products make their way into the feed

– How these additions affect the taste of the meat

– Is there a screening process for these products?

Written by Emma Whalen.