October 7th, 2009
By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now
We make cows sick. Then we eat them. And they make us sick.
Thatâ€™s the very short version of the industrialized beef program weâ€™re living with right now. Has a certain terrible symmetry doesnâ€™t it? And by abridging the story, I donâ€™t mean to make light of the situation, only to highlight the obvious stupidity of it.
By now, if youâ€™ve seen the movie Food, Inc., or read or viewed any of a dozen reports (here’s just one) on the problems of mass-produced beef, you know what Iâ€™m talking about. Weâ€™ve taken a grass-eating animal and, in the interest of quickly fattening it for slaughter, turned it into a grain-fed animal that is packed it into feedlots. And in so doing, we have produced beef that’s fatter than ever, full of antibiotics, pesticides and growth hormones — and created an E. coli factory.