Analysis Of The Article ' Tenderloin 's A Steal, But At What Moral Price?

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Meat is one of the most basic building blocks of human life. We have relied on meat in one way or another virtually since the dawn of time. Humans as a whole have become almost dependent on the constant and readily available supply of meat, in some way or another. Yet, what our over consumption of animal meat has done to the meat market is unacceptable, to say the least. Industrialized meat has left such a stain on the environment, human health, and the overall well-being of the animals we consume. In the article, “Tenderloin’s a Steal, But At What Moral Price?” by John Kessler, the question of whether or not to buy the industrially raised tenderloin or spend a few extra bucks on the sustainably raised tenderloin comes up. To lessen the…show more content…
Focusing on cattle (since Tenderloin comes from a cow), most industrial cattle farms are called ‘C.A.F.O’s (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations). Basically, they are unhealthy ‘farms’ where cattle are cramped into unsanitary, small, unnatural spaces. To put it lightly, the industrial farming of cattle is incredibly harmful to the animal’s health. In the book “The Omnivores Dilemma” by Michael Pollan, he talks about how “… 534’s eyes look a little bloodshot. Dr. Metzin had told me that some animals are irritated by the feedlot dust. The problem gets especially serious in the summer time...” (Pollan 80). Not only would buying sustainably raised meat help the environment and the animal itself, it would help human health as well. Because of the corn diet industrial cattle are fed, the meat is much more fattening. Butchers like to use the term “marbled”, but in reality, that just means there is more fat lined throughout the cut of meat. With all that fat, humans are more susceptible to getting heart disease, among other fatal diseases. Aside from the fat content of the meat, the problem of hormones comes up. While it isn’t as big a deal, seeing as almost everything we eat has some form of hormones in it, there still is a threat. Hamblin says that while we don’t have to worry about the excess of hormones in our meat, it’s important to note that “80 percent of antibiotics are being used in animals,
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