Animals as Food: (Re)connecting Production, Processing, by Amy J. Fitzgerald

By Amy J. Fitzgerald

On a daily basis, thousands of individuals all over the world sit to a meal that comes with meat. This publication explores numerous questions because it examines using animals as nutrition: How did the domestication and construction of farm animals animals emerge and why? How did present modes of elevating and slaughtering animals for human intake advance, and what are their effects? What might be performed to mitigate or even opposite the affects of animal construction? With perception into the historic, cultural, political, felony, and monetary methods that form our use of animals as foodstuff, Fitzgerald offers a holistic photograph and explicates the connections within the provide chain which are obscured within the present mode of foodstuff construction. Bridging the gap in animal agriculture among creation, processing, intake, and their linked affects, this research envisions methods of redressing the unwanted effects of using animals as foodstuff. It info how intake degrees and practices have replaced because the dating among construction, processing, and intake has shifted. as a result of the wide-ranging questions addressed during this ebook, the writer attracts on many fields of inquiry, together with sociology, (critical) animal experiences, heritage, economics, legislations, political technology, anthropology, criminology, environmental technology, geography, philosophy, and animal technology.

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99 These increases in meat consumption and industrialized animal production are not simply attributable to corporate efforts. For years, international development agencies have been championing industrialized production of crops and livestock animals in developing countries. 100 Developed countries have also been contributing to increased production in developing countries. 102 The consequences of this neocolonialism include the dislocation of subsistence farmers and indigenous populations, decimation of forests (specifically in Central and South America), further consolidation of landownership in the hands of the few, and brutal military crackdowns on resistance.

During this era the factory system of production began to replace craft-­based manufacture. The early nineteenth century ushered in the fifth era, wherein steam technology became ascendant. This technology was applied to transportation (particularly railway locomotives and steamboats). The manufacture of steel also began during this period. A new technology introduced in the sixth era, the internal combustion engine, threatened the steam engine. In 1884, the first high-­speed petrol engine was developed, and around the turn of the century Henry Ford made his first car using the combustion engine.

The feedlot system, including feeding cattle a diet of corn and antibiotics, increased productivity. 45 Today, most cows spend their first six months grazing on an open range. 47 Industrialized CAFOS, or factory farms as they are colloquially referred to, are now ascendant. Ninety-­seven percent of the livestock market in the United States heralds from this | Livestock Production 17 Figure 4. Cattle on Florida feedlot. ”50 While the preceding material has detailed how this transition took place, we now turn our attention to understanding the more proximate factors that have shaped this process.

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