The biological absurdity, characteristic of all CAFOs, is compounded in the cattle feedyard by a second absurdity. Here animals exquisitely adapted by natural selection to live on grass must be adapted by us - at considerable cost to their health, to the health of the land, and ultimately to the health of their eaters - to live on corn, for no other reason than it offers the cheapest calories around and because the great pile must be consumed. … The short, unhappy life of a corn-fed feedlot steer represents the ultimate triumph of industrial thinking over the logic of evolution.
Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
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