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Stephenie Lai SOCI 3750 Coverdill 10/7/10 Industrial Meat Industrial meat has become a large part of the food industry in recent years. A great importance on economic efficiency has been placed upon our society. The food production industry has resorted to industrial meat production practices to align with this societal value. However, problems with these practices have been increasing. These problems range from inhumane treatment of animals to food poisoning in humans. The increased media attention brought upon these issues has caused a consumer movement to change the industry practices. Many more people are looking to organic products and sustainable farming. Although this alternative is more expensive, it provides them with a better product and many other benefits. Industrial meat practices are becoming a social problem. According to the Modern Meat Website, industrial meat has a large role in beef processing companies and industrial meat packing plants. This includes raising the cattle in large feedlots, rather than giving the land to roam and graze. Their diets are also altered from grass to corn so that they can grow faster. Grass is a natural diet, something they are used to consuming. This change in their food has a huge impact on their digestion and several other health issues. Industrial meat has been implemented because of few benefits. The large-scale production allows for very inexpensive beef. Since 1970, the cost of beef has been cut in half. However, there are many critics to this process. Many people oppose the treatment of the
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cattle, being raised in feedlots can be considered inhumane for the animals. Cows were meant to roam the land and eat grass. Many of these feedlots hold hundreds of animals at maximum capacity. This process also created new health risks, not only for the cattle, but also for human beings consuming the meat. In Michael Pollan’s article, “Power Steer,” he follows the journey of a cow, which he bought for $598. The cow, affectionately named No. 534, is followed from insemination all the way to the slaughterhouse. Pollan refers to the industrial meat business as the “urbanization” of today’s cattle. He mentions the economic logic behind feedlots. Although there is controversy, feedlots are considered economically efficient. Not only can feedlots
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This note was uploaded on 09/21/2011 for the course SOCI 3750 taught by Professor Finlay during the Spring '09 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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