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Baby Food Made Out of … Babies?

Written by PETA | November 10, 2010

This just in from an alert PETA member: Gerber is selling baby food made out of veal. For some reason, this struck us at the PETA Files as especially spit-up-inducing. Feeding babies to babies just seems sort of … I don’t know, cannibalistic? Want some puréed fava beans with that, Junior?

                              Would you feed me to your baby?

But then we started thinking: Veal is one of those foods that even many carnivores shy away from because of the horrors that are now widely known to be involved in its production—horrors such as tearing babies away from their mothers and locking them in up boxes for a few months before prodding them on wobbly, atrophied legs to slaughter. But the truth is that most animals who are killed for food are still babies when they are strung up on the slaughter line.

Because of “modern” innovations such as feeding animals growth-promoting drugs and selectively breeding them so that they’ll grow fatter faster, pigs and turkeys are on average just 6 months old when they are killed, and chickens are just 7 weeks old. By comparison, steers who are raised for beef are old-timers when they are killed at between 1 and 2 years of age.

It’s enough to make strained carrots sound downright … grown-up.

There’s been some online chatter that the Veal and Veal Gravy baby food has been discontinued, but it’s still listed on Gerber’s website. Have you seen this “baby cruelty in a jar” at your local market?

Written by Alisa Mullins

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  • Rich says:

    Get over it, veal is farmed to be made into food, no different then baby carrots. Have you ever had a delicious white veal chop with some baby potatoes and baby carrots? Perhaps try it with a petite Syrah.

  • kenneth says:

    email from Gerber below. Glad to see this horrible product is no longer on shelves.

    “Thank you for your e-mail.

    We appreciate your interest in Gerber® Veal. However, the product was discontinued and is no longer available. Your comments have been forwarded to the appropriate departments.

    Best wishes from your friends @”

  • kenneth says:

    link to contact gerber: i asked them for an update on whether this is still made, will see what they say and if i get a response will post here.

  • alisa dee daskarolis says:

    Alisa, I agree completely! To this day I can not even understand how humans think of any behavior like this. Who thinks of theses ideas? I am reasonable enough to understand there may have been a need at one specific time when veal must be consumed, but to make it an industrial revolution is barbaric, evil, cruel, inhumane, creepy, scary!

  • Mara says:

    wow.. thats just horrible. Considering I ate Gerber food when I was a baby. But now Im thirteen and vegetarian also Congrats PETA on 30 years <33

  • nancy says:

    Megan, that’s a good point. I was forced to eat meat too as a child. I don’t think it’s a natural inclination. It has to be learned. Well on the 10% Wool site, he says something like, “Put a carrot and a rabbit in a two year old’s crib. If the child eats the rabbit and plays with the carrot, he’s a carnivore.” Yes, that sums it up nicely.

  • Kitten says:

    One of the many reasons, Im vegan. Its disgusting that people can actually do this. When I have children, home made vegan food thank you!

  • skippya says:

    this is so sad why get milk from him/she for the baby’s milk

  • Caralyn says:

    I have been vegan for five years and have a baby now fifteen months. He is a perfectly healthy and strong 26-pounder who is sustained on (human) breastmilk and vegetable-based foods. There is no reason that we as a society should continue to feed our babies chemically grown, unnatural, and cruel animal-based products. To Shannon, I made my baby’s food from organic fruits and veggies that we bought from the farmer’s market. He loved it, and you’re absolutely right about it not taking much time at all.

  • veggiemama says:

    Not sure, how many times we need to tell meat eaters – that animals are not food! Before they understand it! There is no reason to eat animals, test on animals, wear animals or hurt animals! Ugh, makes me crazy!

  • corrina says:

    I agree Shannon way less cost plus it is way healthier know its not packed full of preservatives and hidden sugar Funniest thing is you read the label and its Apple puree read the ingredients and its like 5% Apple what’s the other 95% ?

  • Tina says:

    @Nik,is the movie you watched called Food, Inc? I saw that movie and it was very disturbing! I also don’t eat meat.

  • Megan says:

    It seems like we are forced to eat meat from the day we start eating solids. And why is that? I have an 8 year old brother, 17 years my junior, and when I see him to get told to eat his meat when he doesnt want to, I ask my mom why she makes him meat. Maybe he doesnt want to. I think it was forced upon many generations to eat meat, its “what were supposed to eat”, right? WRONG! I’ve tried to introduce her to a vegetarian life sytle, but she said that it wasnt for her. But why cant it be for him, my little brother? Amercia as a whole needs to take a better look at their diet, and if kids dont want to eat meat, dont make them! Let them make their own decisions – do make them finish their veggies though! 🙂

  • Senaida says:

    Veal?? This is just nasty! I would never feed this garbage to my kids. Gerber isn’t organic or free range so you know its all leftovers.(double gag!!) I made my own baby food. It wasn’t that hard and it didn’t require special tools. Just a little extra effort is all. I have 3 little veggie kids that are very healthy and thriving.

  • Hayley says:

    Thank you for bringing this issue to my attention. I am currently pregnant and cannot even imagine feeding veal to my new baby when she arrives. Thanks, PETA!

  • shannon says:

    This is why I plan on making my own baby food when I have children. It’s not as time-consuming as people think. Just get a baby-food recipe book, a blender, and some ice-cube trays. Also, it ends up being a cost-saver and can make it easier to introduce raw fruits and veggies into baby’s diet.

  • Tony says:

    I do eat meat but this is so cruel that I am thinking about going vegan.

  • Tony says:

    This is cruel because most of the animals killed are just babies.We are the worst thing on this planet.

  • Nik says:

    Carol, I remember watching a movie on YouTube (around 8 parts) about farmers in the USA and the corporations that control them. They aren’t comfortable as the rest of you might be. No I do not live in the USA.

  • Veggie_Chick221 says:

    This is absolutely disgusting! I mean, eating meat in general is and cruel as well, but feeding poor, innocent calves to babies in their food? That’s just horrible…it sickens me. I can tell you one thing: when I become a mother I will NOT be feeding my child this crap, or any other crap for that matter, because if I’m a mother then I want to protect ALL the babies out there, not just my own.

  • PETA says:

    Re: Sam. We agree completely! Thanks for your comment. To learn more about animals used for food, and to take action against this abuse, be sure to check out! – PETA

  • Sam says:

    Ok, first of all, CONGRATS 2 PETA FOR HELPING ANIMALS 4 30 YRS!!!!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHMMMMMMMMMMMAAAAAAAZZZZZZZZIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not so much 2 the sickos @ Gerber. The thing that disgusts me is the shaming fact that i used 2 eat their brand wen i wuz a baby. X( GROSSSSSS OUUUUUUUT!!!!!!! I mean how would u like it if somebody came and took ur kid away from u and fed him/her 2 some creepy creeper that eats kis even tho they’re a kid 2??????? I’m only 13 & don’t have any kids, but still….. if i was a mom, i wouldn’t like it 2 much. Reply if u agree!!!!!

  • Ella says:

    MH, are you serious? Comparing a natural order of life–that is, a wolf hunting a fawn to feed her young–shouldn’t be compared to something as unnatural as separating a calf from his mother at birth, encaging him for his entire life, and denying him the ability to move! Sorry, but there are some things I don’t think we should make light of.

  • MH says:

    So if a mother wolf kills a fawn and regurgitates the meat for her pups, that’s cannibalism too?

  • Carol says:

    Just another sickening thing which goes undetected or so the company thinks! I will most certainly look now and tell my daughters not to buy it if they see it in the supermarket to give to their children. I don’t understand the fascination for this meat anyways because usually when it is cooked either Italian style it always has a heavy sauce on it so you can’t taste it anyway. You might as well be eating a piece of paper because that’s how it tastes. The raising of veal is just another excuse for the farmer not to rear another animal for slaughter in the traditional sense but they could if they wanted to. We all know there are more males than femals but why we can’t use them differently I don’t know except for the words greed and money into the farmer’s purses. They seem to be the only ones who can have helicopters, Landrovers and huge acreages and then they tell us they don’t get any money for the labours. Well I am not as green as I may be cabbage looking!