A man sets up a milk stand at the Farmer’s Market to sell raw, unpasteurized milk. He begins making good business until a policeman arrives to arrest him. The farmer makes a huge speech to the crowd about how it shouldn’t be illegal to sell raw milk, and they all cheer. Then the cop explains he’s arresting the man because it turns out he’s not using grass fed cows, and the crowd boos and hisses at him and throws tomatoes at him before he’s hauled away.
A Digest of The Omnivore’s Dilemma Part 2: The Feedlot, Grocery Store, and the McD’s or “We’re Not in Kansas Anymore”
“Processed food has become largely a supply-driven business—the business of figuring out clever ways to package and market the glut of commodities coming off the farm and out of the wet mills[..]The underlying reductionist premise—that food is nothing more than the sum of its nutrients—remains undisturbed.”—Michael Pollan
The Cow Factory
It’s not a secret to anybody that most of the beef you buy at grocery stores is from cows squeezed into CAFOs—Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations. That’s not new information. It’s just that we’re not reminded of it enough, and when we are, it’s still a distant fact. It’s also not usually woven into a story and set against a more natural story of raising animals. Continue reading →