Cow wants to be outside and eat grass (after it's milked) in the early morning.
Cow wants to go back inside in the early evening to be milked again.
Instead, cow stays in an enclosure standing in its own poop and is fed corn.
Corn doesn't agree with cow's stomach, and becomes gassy.
Cow gets sick; wants to go outside and eat grass and poop.
Cow, instead, is given antibiotics with its corn.
Cow gets sicker; meat is affected; still standing in own poop.
All cow wants to do is go outside and eat grass. And poop.
There was a great article in the Birmingham paper yesterday about one of our local farmers' market farmers. They raise beef, poultry and pork. The beef is grass fed. They let the chickens forage. And they let the pigs forage, for acorns. She said the acorns give the pork a wonderful flavor.
Articles like this make me feel less alone. And stories like this one make me believe I can do anything if I stick with it.
Here's the thing: Free-range livestock eats what it needs to be healthy, suffers less stress over the course of its life, and has some dignity. Because of these simple things, it tastes better, and, that's right, it's better for you.
I think I read where Michael Pollan said that a cow with a stomach infection, if left to its own devices to eat grass, will have a completely healthy stomach in less than a week.
No antibiotics needed.
I'll shut up now. (For awhile.)