Frozen Foods Chapter Summaries

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Chapter Two In this chapter, Pollan writes about the meat industry. About 60% of corn produced goes to feeding livestock in the US. Ruminants are made to graze grass and this shift to corn in this new industrialization era is causing many problems to the animals, the environment, and in the end, humanity. When animals used to live on farms, waste didn't exist. Now, feeding lots are breaking this loop and are creating new problems. Now there are fertility problems that individuals are trying to solve with chemical fertilizers which in turn causes pollution problems that are brushed off. Ruminants would not be able to survive for more than 150 days if it wasn't for antibiotics like Rumensin and Tylosin that are blended in the cows meal in addition to the liquefied fat and protein supplements. These additives cause manure to contain levels of nitrogen and phosphorus that are so high that it would kill crops if it was sprayed on them. This toxic waste ends up in streams and is creates problems for the environment. Pollan also describes that these corn-fed animals also end up being less healthy to humans because they contain more saturated fats and less omega-3 acids than the grass-fed cows. Chapter Three…show more content…
They're crowded into pens and fed a mixture of foods by machine. The food consists of corn, antibiotics, alpha hay, vitamins, protein supplements and synthetic estrogen. The food will be poured into a trough for the animals to snack on. Corn can help fatten cattle quickly, however it's less healthy for human beings. A more expensive alternative would be grass and hay, but cattle owners prefer to keep it cheap. These feedlot diets are unhealthy for animals and they can only survive on them for about 150 days. The cattle, after they're slaughtered will have many uses, from food, to

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