*** The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollen (2007)

I no longer buy meat at the grocery store.  Let that be your warning.  This non-fiction book about food and where it comes from may change your life.  The first chapter is called “Industrial Food” which is basically the non-organic, often processed, food in our grocery stores.  What got me was the description of where our meat comes from.  Specifically the description of the cattle that live in concentrated animal feeding operations (known in the industry as CAFOs).  Imagine this: cattle crammed together in an indoor pen such that they can hardly move.  They eat (industrial corn), drink (liquid fat), and poop, all while standing shoulder to shoulder in this indoor warehouse (where consumers cannot see what goes on).  Because their bodies are bred to eat grass, not corn, and to drink water, not liquid fat, they get sick.  The solution?  Inject them with a cocktail of antibiotics so that they live just long enough to be slaughtered.  But that happens only after they’ve also ingested enough growth hormones to get fat as quickly as possible.  Then, they end up neatly packaged in the grocery store and become Friday’s dinner. Yuck. (non-fiction)

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  1. Didn’t know you had read this…but I’m not surprised. It’s on my list, highly in vogue with my group of friends. On the industry: I’m convinced there is another way, but sadly, too few follow it. We visited a dairy farm (http://www.fofarms.com/) Friday that really does treat its cows like queens, and is net-zero operation ecologically, generates all it needs on the farm itself. In all industries and commercial operations, I simply wish people would choose the ‘other way.’

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