Things like the factory farming of animals upset me and it should upset you, too.
With 70 percent of of antibiotics sales used in agricultural (massive livestock agribusiness that creates such unnatural and crowded environments in meat producing operations) and major medical associations became concerned enough that the FDA banned them only to have the FDA quietly revoke the ban to "more fully consider the many substantive comments it received" ... well, go read the story that flew under the radar and I quote from it: "The American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, Infectious Disease Society of America, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Pew Commission have all indicted livestock antibiotics for creeping human antibiotic resistance -- including last-chance antibiotics."
I think of Damien Hirst's art work, a cow suspended in a large case of formaldehyde -- dead food which is what we are exposed to now. When the Turner Prize winning artist's cow work encountered all sorts of toxic problems (not only do countries ban British beef, but the problem with the formaldehyde used to pickle the cow made it all surreal). When I thought his works were irrelevant and signs of the height of the irrational times we live in, where spending and attention is focused on things that I deem unimportant.
Nostalgic About our Pastoral Cows
In Santa Fe (known for it's art environment), paintings of cows are selling like hotcakes. Cows in fields, cows in groups, cows solo. Big cow paintings. They seem to be everywhere I look. I think this is our way of communicating our concern that cows grazing lazily in pastures of fresh green grass are no longer things we see everyday when animal farming is no longer the business of small and mid-size farms.
We are in a big unhealthy pickle with the way we raise our livestock.
This isn't right. .. The human health impact is huge. Until the 1950s cows were kept in pastures until slaughter. Now, 80% or so of the 35 million cows are processed for slaughter in feedlots and this unnatural process of factory beef is harming our health.