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Portrait Of A Burger As A Young Calf: The Story Of One Man, Two Cows, And The Feeding Of A Nation

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2008

    an overall valuable and informational book for anyone

    While waiting in a backed up line at McDonalds in 1997, Peter Lovenheim and his daughter hoped to receive a Teenie Beanie Baby, which were given away for free with the purchase of any Happy Meal. The choices are a bull named Snort and a black and white cow named Daisy. This instantly struck him as ironic that a company selling beef would promote these toys and unfortunately revealed to him the deep disconnection between what we eat and where it comes from. This led Peter to the idea of what it would be like to raise one out of the `billions and billions served¿ from `birth to burger¿ or `conception to consumption.¿ This book displays the `behind the scenes¿ lives of the dairy farm industry, the people that make dairy and beef available to us, and the detailed lives of two calves. It is an extremely valuable book for anyone interested in where the meat we buy so readily actually comes from and the work, choices, and culture put into it. It shows an outside and realistic view of not only the day in the life of two calves, but the farmers, staff, families, and various stakeholders involved. He steps into the lives that the farming industry entails and develops a deep relationship and feeling of satisfaction and `home¿ that many people not familiar with farming life usually ignore while maintaining a straight forward, realistic, and a far from judgmental view of the diary farm industry and culture. It leaves you in suspense of what he will decide to do, follow with his original plan or let his calves live past their beef bred years.

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