Omnivore's Dilemma Research Paper

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Cannibalistic Cows April Andrews ENG135 Professor Davis December 15, 2011 American’s diet is in a great dilemma. Just ask anyone where their food comes from, and they will usually say that it comes from the grocery store. However, one might ask where the food in the grocery store comes from. To gain a better understanding of the issues facing American’s eating habits and where its food comes from, Michael Pollen researches these questions in his book, The Omnivores Dilemma. Through his research, he notes that the 100 million head of cattle breed for food are living on Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (C.A.F.O.) are fed slaughtered cow parts. With so many…show more content…
“Calories are calories…protein is protein,” as stated by Michael Pollen in his book, The Omnivores Dilemma, when discussing the industrial logic many factory farms associate with feeding cattle corn and rendered cow parts (Pollen, 2006, p.75). This is true at a molecular level; however, there are unwanted substances in corn fed beef. For example, there is an increased amount of saturated fat. “A growing body of research suggests that many of the health problems associated with eating beef are really problems with corn-fed beef” (Pollen p. 75). Adding in additional substances to the cows corn diet, such as remnant cow parts, has led to e-coli out breaks in humans and continued to spread mad cow disease. One such victim of e-coli poisoning was Kevin Kowalcyk at the age of two. He ingested e-coli O 157 H7 in a contaminated hamburger he ate in 2001; which developed into hemolytic-uremic syndrome and resulted in his death twelve days later. Unfortunately the beef was not recalled until 16 days after his death. This was probably due to the fact that cattle at CAFO’s spend all their time held up in concentrated pens standing in their own feces. If the cattle are not cleaned properly during the slaughter process, these feces will end up in the beef produces and lead to health…show more content…
Cows are naturally herbivores and live on wild grass and other plants that grow in the areas they live. In fact most cattle are fed grass in “cow-calf” operations prior to being sent to feed lots. These natural grasses grow without any assistance from humans; so no added costs for seed, fertilizer, or processing. Grass fed beef is a higher quality product that takes only six more months to mature than corn fed beef. Our nation moves toward a demand for quality, healthy beef shown by an increase in sales for grass fed beef from local farmers and organic grocery stores. The organic grocery stores, such as Whole Foods and Trader Joes, make purchasing grass fed beef a convenience at a similar price as corn fed beef. The monetary benefits will increase as the nutritional education and industry change solutions

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