Thursday, January 28, 2010

Industrial Beef
This is where your super market beef comes from, not a farm or a ranch, but a virtual city of steers standing
ankle deep in their own manure. Note the dump trucks unloading dinner; corn, urea, antibiotics, minerals, and
the fat of other cattle. A steer is a ruminant, it eats grass, and won't eat corn by choice. Industrial
veterinarians are on standby to treat the problems the steer has being force fed a completely unnatural diet.
Note, it took your ancestors 4 years of grazing to grow a steer, the beef you buy in the super market was grown
in only 14 miserable months. (Not pictured is the lake of manure produced by Poky Feeders. These are promotional
photos by Poky Feeders, not what you'd see if you could just drive up unannounced.)

3 comments:

richard.perry5 said...

The answer's aren't so simple as eating grass fed beef and free range chicken. See http://www.slate.com/id/2152675/

BLOGDE said...

From an individual standpoint, the answers are incredibly simple--stop eating military industrial complex meat, shop the organic section of your market, imperfect as it is.

Enjoy possibly NOT having a wire mesh hold your arteries open. Know that you've played a small part to push humanity away from poison and death.

Say NO to ADM and Cargill, and their river of industrial corn that pollutes our soil and water.

BLOGDE said...

P.S. I read the Slate piece with puzzelment. Much of what Tyler Cowen states in his critique is in Michael Pollen's book, yet he writes it as if it were his ideas.

Cowen states that, "Early crop-growing, circa 5000 B.C. or even 1700 A.D., was no fun." Who can argue with that? What he doesn't tell you is that without oil based pesticides and oil based fertilizer, something the world had never seen before happened. The barbarians outside the boundaries of the Roman empire discovered organic farming, and their populations exploded, hence the fall of the Roman Empire.

I choose to at least try to eat from nature based farming, knowing I'll fall far short of perfection. Others may choose to eat ". . . price-theory textbook." foods, as Tyler Cowen advises them to.

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