The Pic: See http://www.injuryboard.com/national-news/e-coli-beef-recall-of-96000-pounds.aspx?googleid=263428
The Book: David Kirby is author of "Animal Factory: The Looming Threat of Industrial Pig, Dairy and Poultry Farms to Humans and the Environment" (St. Martin's Press):
More info at www.animalfactorybook.com
The Buzz: One of the most revolting things I learned while researching my new book "Animal Factory" is that some cattle are fattened on rations that include chicken manure. Poultry excrement is loaded with urea, which bovine stomachs are adept at converting into lean, ready-to-grill protein. We feed chicken manure to cattle because it's cheap; and because we produce far too much of it to properly dispose of as fertilizer.
If you read the article, you'll learn that the problem is that beef is added to chicken feed, and chickens have bad manners, which means they spill their feed, and it collects I'm the litter. That means the cows are eating other cows, which leads to the potential for Mad Cow disease.
What is this need to be as cheap as possible? OK, chicken crap is not good to put on fields now. We're smarter than we were 45 years ago when we set the stage for some very tall corn. Had we used the chicken crap on the tobacco fields, we'd still be waiting for those leaves to ripen.
We are pathetic. Our plane seats are microscopic because we want cheap seats. We want everything cheaper and cheaper. We want cheap burgers so we feed the cows food laced with chicken crap. We want cheap chicken so we feed the chickens scrap beef.
There are many reasonable uses for chicken manure, and we should pursue those uses instead of feeding it to cows.
I might never eat beef again. (And we both know I'm just fooling myself on that one.)
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