Food Inc.: Feeding Vs Corn-Fed Cattle

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Beef, it’s what’s for Dinner When most of us walk into a supermarket we probably seldom thought seriously about what kind of beef we were about to eat. Was this beef from a cow that was corn-fed or was it a cow that was grass-fed? Today most of the beef you see in the supermarket is corn-fed. After watching the documentary Food Inc., it got me thinking about what if we just ate beef from grass-fed cattle. Would we be healthier and safer or is that just a load of manure. In this essay, I’m going to explore the differences between corn-fed and grass-fed beef and why grass-fed cattle are the better choice. Back before World War II, all cattle fed on grass. In an article published by Craig Walsh he wrote that during the war, “Farmers were…show more content…
coli also known as 0157:H7. This is believed to have come for cows that are fed corn in feedlots. E. coli is acid-resistant so it has the ability to survive the human stomachs acidic conditions and can sometimes prove lethal to us. In the documentary Food, Inc. the viewer is introduced to the Kowalcyk family who lost a family member to E. coli. In July of 2001 Barbara Kowalcyk and her family were coming home from a vacation when their two and a half year old son, Kevin got E. coli from eating a hamburger. He went from a healthy two and a half year old, to dead in just twelve days. Now Barbara is a food safety advocate trying to stop the beef companies spread E. coli. Later in the movie Michael Pollan states “switching feedlot cattle to a grass diet would eliminate eighty percent of the E. coli in the cows’ digestive tracts” (Food, Inc.). The beef industry won’t ever do that because it would slow the cattle’s growth and it will hurt the company’s profit. E. coli has also spread to other foods from the run off that is made by the production of corn-fed beef. In the past ten years leafy foods like spinach have been recalled because the beef industry couldn’t keep its E. coli to…show more content…
If you want you can go to the farmers market and get some grass-fed beef or there are stores like Whole Foods that carry grass-fed beef. Grass-fed beef does sells for about one dollar more per pound and steaks are sold at about double the normal price of corn-fed but there are ways to eat grass-fed and not have to spend a lot more for it. One way to save money according to Eisenbraun is “Buy cuts on the bone; processors usually charge extra for deboning or consider buying beef directly from a local farmer, which can be as cheap as five dollars a pound. Many farmers will also allow customers to visit the farm to ensure that the cattle are being raised in healthy conditions” (Eisenbraun 1). Bottom line America, spend the extra money and feed your family healthy, grass-fed

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