“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.
In order to supply the food for our lives, people have to breed the animals and take care of livestock; their jobs were known as cattle rancher. According to the book “Mad Cowboy” of author Howard Lyman and the two movies “The Witness” and “Peaceable Kingdom”, we will understand the procedure of raising the livestock and also find out the dangerous and potentially deadly practices of the cattle and dairy industry. The author Howard Lyman, also was known as cattle rancher, want to uncover dangers associated with eating red meat. He also exposed an animal-based diet as the primary cause of cancer, heart disease, and obesity in the world. In a powerful and original voice, the warns that our livestock industry has repeated the mistakes such as high doses of pesticides, growth hormone, and the ground-up remains of other animals that led to Mad Cow Disease in England.
In his 2006 book The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan endeavors to illustrate the process of how a cow becomes a steak. Industrial farming is not a simple process, it is rife with problematic practices. Pollan’s book is akin to a written documentary, and he uses rhetorical devices to gently guide the reader as a companion on his journey. Through his use of logos, ethos, pathos, imagery, and diction, Pollan pushes aside the curtain that the cattle industry has placed around their operations, and by presenting some very terrible truths he is able to persuade the reader to take action. In a compelling thread about the cattle industry that runs through the entire book, Pollan begins by describing how he decided to view the life-cycle of a cow by buying a steer.
Pit Bulls were first bred to bait bulls and bears as a sport back in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but soon became more commonly used as house pets due to their friendliness towards people (Brom, 1987-09, p.14). This indeed should open up society’s eyes to Pit Bulls not being an aggressive breed simply because they became more commonly used as pets, and they once represented The United States of America by serving in wars. Many of us base our opinions on what we hear in the media; we hear that Pit Bulls are overly aggressive, prone to biting, and in general should be banned as a breed. The court cases are squarely to blame for this breeds misconception of being a terror. The highest court in Maryland has held that all pit bull and cross-bred pit bull dogs are "inherently dangerous" as a matter of law and imposed strict liability on all persons who own, harbor, or control such dogs if they know or
Once you start doing that the cows that are being eaten are the sickly one or the one’s who die on the farm and are sent to a rendering plant to be made into a powder mix that is in turn feed right back to the livestock. If the animal used to make the powder was a infected animal then the animal who consumes that animal will become sick also which in turn causes the meat we will be eating to become tainted. We still don’t know of the far reaching effects to eating a cow that’s infected with some sort of disease, scientist are just now starting to link Alzheimer’s disease and dementia to possible side effect to meat consumption. And what was once an honorable profession being a farmer is now nothing more than an assembly line of death and disease, if we don’t change something and fast we wont even be able to feed our growing population by the mid 2000 because over 50 percent of our farm land is being used just to feed our livestock for human consumption. The feed to meat ratio is way out of whack it takes 50pounds of feed to produce one pound of meat, at that rate we will never have enough crops to feed the worlds people and our food supply.
Infections and Inequalities Response: Paul Farmer's Infections and Inequalities was definitely my favorite ethnography this semester because it not only showed me where my knowledge of public health in the world was lacking, but explained what social and financial factors need to change to solve the problems that are what Farmer calls "the modern plagues." It changed the way I see the victims of diseases like AIDS and tuberculosis; before, I saw them the same way most people in my culture might see them: as non-compliant or somehow responsible for not taking all the steps I believe (from my ethnocentric background) are necessary to get well. Farmer talks in his ethnography about this sort of blaming the victim mentality, one I want to change within myself. Main point(s): Farmer's main point is that infections (like AIDS and tuberculosis) are unequally present in the rich and poor, and that the poor are not only more likely to be infected because of sub-par living conditions, but also less likely to survive because they cannot afford the best treatment. Farmer says that "inequalities of
In Winning Hearts and Minds in the War on Plagiarism” Jaschik essay was based more on reflection and personal opinions because his were on different studies by different professors on the "war on plaguarism" among students and how common plagiarizing is and the different methods used to change that. Mr. Murray begins by discusses Peter F. Drucker method of a "zero draft" and how the writer should begin counting drafts after the first draft is complete. He explains how many writers feel, that after the first draft is completed it then can be edited to say what is exactly meant. Murray explains how we need to be critical readers and when editing. He states, "[w]riters must be their own best enemy"
Criticism to Technopoly Abraham C. Vanegas University of Maryland University College Advance Writing 391 As I read Technopoly by Neil Postman my view of technology changes little by little. Although at first after reading the synopsis in the back of the book and the introduction I thought this might be just another book criticizing technology severely, I came to find the view of this author very interesting and at some point even realistic. Potsman is a knowledgeable person, his position as faculty and writer are very clear in his writing and his main idea, which is to keep one eye open when allowing technologies in our lives is actually something that after reading his book I will take into consideration. From the beginning of his book he explains how introducing new things to our life have changed the way we are in some sort of way since the old days. “A new technology does not add or subtract something.
There are many “ranchers in the Dakota Beef program [that] are pioneers in the organic food movement and have been advocates of the need to treat cattle humanely, to reduce stress and to improve the quality of the beef they produce” (The Nibble). This illustrates how the Dakota Beef Company employees treat their cows nicely and when they kill them, they kill the cows as humanely as possible. According to the workers, this improves the quality of the beef because it reduces the stress the cows have in living in horrible conditions. The company advertises that they never use hormones, antibiotics, or any harmful chemicals “and [they] believe in the importance of sustainable farming, respecting the land and animals, to provide healthy food for [people’s families]” (Dakota Beef Company). Dakota Beef Company’s cows are all organic because they did not add any hormones, antibiotics, or any harmful chemicals to them.