Animal Consumption By The Human Race

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Mad Cowboy seeks to discuss the risks of animal consumption by the human race through the author’s (Mr. Lyman’s) story of transformation from dairy farmer and cattle rancher to going vegan. He was a fourth-generation dairy farmer and cattle rancher in Montana. Mr. Lyman’s organic dairy farm outside Great Falls, Montana was started by his grandfather and passed down through the generations to him and his brother. He grew up on the farm and by the time he was eleven he had learned how to milk the cows, brand and castrate the calves. At Montana State in the College of Agriculture he learned about using pesticides, herbicides, hormones, and antibiotics for farming. After a stint in the Army Mr. Lyman came home to help his father with the farm…show more content…
Another strong claim is in chapter six, where Lyman describes the use of Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) which is used to increase milk production. Milk production is increased by almost eighteen percent, but drains fat from the cow. By using rBGH only thirty-five percent of cows had calves and they had multiple births of twins and triplets. This is unusual since the chance of twins is one in ten thousand. rBGH causes the inflammation of the udders and increase the chance of pus in the milk. This forces farmers to uses more antibiotics. The FDA would not allow milk producers to label their products as being free of artificial hormones unless the label also stated “No significant difference has been shown.” The International Dairy Foods Association took the state of Vermont to court for mandating the labeling of dairy products from cows injected with rBGH. Monsanto sent threatening letters to retailers telling them that they would be violating federal law if they advertised that the milk they sold was rBGH free. This is a dangerous case whereby the body that is responsible to keep people safe by ensuring they have a say in what they consume worked to ensure the opposite. This makes me wonder who we can really trust when it comes to the food that we buy and if the FDA does not have the
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