Unformatted text preview: “You shouldn’t eat dirty food and
dirty water,” the official told me. “But we still think we can give animals dirty food and dirty water.” Feedlots have become an extremely
efficient mechanism for “recirculating the manure,” which is unfortunate, since E. coli 0157:H7 can replicate in cattle troughs and survive in
manure for up to ninety days.
Far from their natural habitat, the cattle in feedlots become more prone to all sorts of illnesses. And what they are being fed often
contributes to the spread of disease. The rise in grain prices has encouraged the feeding of less expensive materials to cattle, especially
substances with a high protein content that accelerate growth. About 75 percent of the cattle in the United States were routinely fed livestock
wastes — the rendered remains of dead sheep and dead cattle — until August of 1997. They were also fed millions of dead cats and dead
dogs every year, purchased from animal shelters. The FDA banned such practices after evidence from Great Britain suggested that they were
responsible for a widespread outbr...
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2014 for the course MGMT 120 taught by Professor Litt during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.
- Spring '08