Food matters, follow-up

Feed lot grazing - courtesy of

Feed lot "grazing" - courtesy of

Back in September, I wrote here about my surprise and disappointment as a result of my drive along I10 and the huge number of cattle I’d seen in what apparently are feed-lots. They were in TX, NM and AZ.

Well I caught this excellent follow-up on NPR. What caught my attention as I drove by was the number of cattle stood with their heads through gratings to eat, the fact they were stood there in 95+ degree heat, and that mostly as far as I can see they were stood in piles of their own waste.

I really hadn’t thought through the consequences of that, and thats where the NPR piece picks-up. You can read or listen to it online here.

1 Comment so far

  1. ttrentham on December 9th, 2009 @ 12:54 pm

    We noticed those lots on our way from NM back to Austin in the summer of 2007. It definitely makes you think twice about drinking milk, both that it comes from those conditions and what it does to the people living around the lots. I sure as hell wouldn’t want to live near one.

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