Here are a few reasons why feeding ruminants (cattle, sheep) corn is unhealthy for you and inhumane to the animals, as well as a few reasons how factory farms are awful places to work.
- Finishing ruminants on corn creates a perfect environment for E.coli to breed and destroys all the Omega 6 and cancer fighting health benefits of 100% grass-fed beef & lamb. Remember, "vegetarian-fed" is just another way to say "corn-fed." "Pastured" can be fed corn too![i] This is why all KOL Foods beef and lamb are only fed grass.
- It is inhumane for the animal because it changes the pH of their neutral stomachs to be acidic. At a minimum this makes them sick, but it can also lead to death.[i]
- Farm workers do not have to wear full body hazmat suits and gas masks when entering a confined animal feeding operation (CAFO), aka feed-lot (true mainly with poultry)[i]
- Factory farmers are trying to maximize profits, with no regard for the suffering of the animals.[ii]
- Factory farms do not care about individual animals. Some animals will die as a result of debeaking, disease and intensive confinement, but the operation is still profitable overall.[ii]
- Factory farms use hormones to cause the animals to grow faster, which leads to higher profits. Large numbers of animals living in intense confinement mean that disease could spread like wildfire (think medieval city). Animals also fight and suffer from cuts and abrasions from their cages, so all the animals are treated with antibiotics to minimize losses from infections and the spread of diseases. Also, small, daily doses of certain antibiotics cause weight gain. This means that the animals are over-medicated, which causes bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics. Both the antibiotics and the resistant bacteria reach the consumer and farm worker in the meat.[ii]
- When confined intensively, both human and non-human animals fight more than usual. Debeaking a chicken entails cutting the bird's beak off, without anesthesia. The chickens' beaks are inserted one by one into a machine that looks like a guillotine that chops the front part of their beaks off. The procedure is so painful, some chickens stop eating and die of starvation.[ii]
The choice is clear – 100% grass-fed beef is the humane and respectful way to eat.
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i. Michael Pollan, Omnivore's Dilemma, p 78-82.