The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is an agency meant to keep our food supply safe, meet the needs of farmers and ranchers, develop markets abroad for agricultural products, and end hunger in the U.S. and abroad. But through questionable policy and repeated hypocrisy, the USDA is instead creating environments where our food becomes contaminated and diseased, farmers cannot earn a living, and, as a nation, we develop health and financial problems.

Americans are faced with an agricultural system that is destroying small farmers and the flavor of our food, and putting agricultural bio-diversity in grave danger—but we we’ll spare you the typical Michael Pollan shpiel here. What we’d like to talk about is how the USDA is permitting animal abuse in slaughterhouses, pushing foods on Americans that make us fat, and overworking and underpaying meat inspectors so they can’t properly do their jobs. This is an essential U.S. agency that is failing the American people.

Hide your kids, hide your wife—here are five scary truths about the USDA that might just make you a bit queasy.