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December 08, 2010

Holy Cow! – Lessons in Food Respect

By Mark Sisson
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I love a good cow. Its meat is tasty, filling, and, especially when grass-fed and finished, full of fat-soluble vitamins, protein, and healthy fat. A cow’s organs are highly nutritious and affordable, often discarded by butchers, usually ignored by shoppers, and always available for the discerning Primal eater. The cow also produces a magical self-replenishing liquid called milk, which is either consumed straight up (not really for me), skimmed for the rich cream, or fermented (which in turn produces a helpful byproduct called whey) to make yogurt, kefir, or cheese. And those are just a few of the major foods we get from cows. They also poop a fair bit, and that poop has the potential to become fertilizer for plants underhoof. It’s pretty cool how it works – the cow eats the grass, runs the grass through the digestive wringer, poops it out, and, in the course of everyday life, steps on the poop so that it’s literally forced down into the soil to fertilize and promote even more grass growth. It’s the muck of nature, of death, and of life, and we’re all mixed up in it.

Pretty much every culture that came into contact with cattle, whether it was the ancestral wild aurochs standing almost seven feet tall at the shoulders or the large-humped, floppy-eared cattle of the Indian subcontinent, also recognized the importance, vitality, and (most importantly) potential of the animal. Judging from our earliest recorded visual art, our reverence for cattle dates back at least several dozen millennia. As you already know, the first graffiti artists weren’t throwing up aerosol paint on concrete jungle walls. They were ochre-wielding prey animal-obsessed cave painters. And their favorite subject seemed to be the auroch.

Okay, so? Art imitates life, or, more accurately, artists depict that which matters most to them. You don’t get out the easel, mix the paints, obsess over perspective, find the perfect lighting, agonize over getting started, and eventually pour your heart onto the page/canvas or through the lens if you don’t care deeply for what you’re trying to convey to the audience. That goes for starving art students foregoing a degree in finance or business for one in photography, and it goes for Paleolithic cave painters gathering enough ochre, manganese oxide, and charcoal to render massive depictions of stags, bison, horses, and aurochs on the wall. They don’t choose subjects randomly. Those famous cave painters didn’t just happen to paint hunting scenes populated by enormous (seventeen feet across, in some instances!) auroch bulls. Nope – the auroch likely got top billing because it was incredibly important to early man’s existence and survival. And it still is. These were the aurochs, the ancient ancestor of the modern cow, the “uri” that Caesar, in his “Commentaries” on the Gallic War, described as a beast whose size is “very little [less] than elephants” and which the Germanic tribes favored above all other animals. They actually survived, in wild form, until the 17th century in Europe and, throughout the latter part of their history, were given protected, almost exalted status (countries like Romania and Moldavia and various European cities even use the auroch as their official symbol). Poachers were prosecuted and usually executed.

Why does this matter to a bunch of evolutionary nutrition nerds, many of whom are atheist or agnostic with no ties to any deity – bovine or otherwise? Aren’t we supposed to pick and choose the good stuff from our past that makes sense today and discard the miscellanea?

Easy – while we shouldn’t play reenactment and subscribe to every single behavior or belief of Paleolithic man, we should be aware of their reasons for doing or believing things. We should understand why they believed or did what they did, because everything that happened on a wide scale probably impacts who we are today.

It’s normal to discount early spirituality, especially primitive or animistic incarnations, as products of irrational minds “that just didn’t know any better,” but consider the objects of their reverence before tossing them into the dust heap. Hunter-gatherers (past and present) and early pastoralists didn’t concern themselves with holy spirits and abstract heavenly fathers; they were all about the rain that sustained crops, the prey animals that provided meat and fat, and the plants that provided food and medicine. It may seem silly and quaint to see spirit or soul in simple vertebrates and aspects of the weather system, but the reasoning is quite sound. Early man wrought spiritual meaning from the things that provided tangible, material benefits. They respected the animals they hunted enough to paint massive murals on cave walls depicting them (or, as some contend, those paintings were instructional materials for prospective hunters). To my entirely unreligious mind, that kind of spirituality – the type that’s grounded in the things that truly do matter in a very materialistic world (food, shelter, water, life) – makes a lot of sense.

I think of Hinduism, which famously forbids the consumption of cow flesh while fully supporting consumption of its dairy. What’s interesting is that the earliest Hindu scriptures, the Vedic texts, depict the ritual sacrifice and consumption of beef in several instances. For example, in the “Mahabharata,” the king Rantideva (described as the “kindest and most liberal of the kings in ancient India,” so it’s not as if he’s some monster in the literature) slaughters two thousand head of cattle on a daily basis for food for his guests. If you’re interested in more evidence of early Hindu cow eating, check out the controversial “The Myth of the Holy Cow,” by D. N. Jha, or read a quick review. What happened is they realized the cow was a whole lot more useful and productive if they kept it alive for constant milk, ghee, and yogurt, and this is reflected in the later, more contemporary religious literature. Thus, the religious tradition arose out of necessity and out of economy. The cow’s dairy was more useful and sustainable than its meat.

So, what can we learn from this stuff, and what does it mean in the 21st century? To me this simply reinforces my belief in the utility and near necessity of humanely-raised meat. Notice that I did not say grass-fed and finished. While ideally I’d prefer every cow I eat to have only eaten its natural, grassy diet in order to maximize its nutritive status (CLA, vitamin K2, etc.), I understand that plenty of smaller, laudable operations might provide a bit of grain to their animals while still giving them a great overall life and minimizing pain and suffering. These are magnificent animals to whom we owe a lot. We’re not going to stop eating cows, since the depth of our connection with them is contingent upon their spot on our dinner plates, but we’ve got a lot of history with their species, and I think giving them the respect of their natural diet and environment – not because they have a soul or are imbued with spirit or anything – is worth supporting.

That’s my thinking on the subject. What do you think? Do you have reverence and respect for the food you eat? Where does it come from and how does it affect you? Share your thoughts in the comment board and Grok on!

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Primal Palette
5 years 9 months ago

At a very basic level, taste the difference between an animal that died slowly in a state of adrenalin shock (meat from the average slaughter house) vesus one raised well (grass fed, free range, slaughtered humanely). It goes a lot deeper, but even our basic senses can tell the difference.

Sam Cree
Sam Cree
5 years 9 months ago

I concur with most of the above, but as an agnostic, I think cattle may have a soul. If we do, then they do.

Paleohund
5 years 9 months ago
I think it is highly important to know where our food comes from as well as how it was raised and treated. I like to meet my meat. I think it is important to support the farmers that respect their cows. And I concur with your take on the smaller farmers who may use a little grain. I’ve spoken with many and while the cows spend most of the time out to pasture, the handful of grain they get helps bring them in for milking. Good write up Mark. While I will not go so far as to worship them,… Read more »
Robin Beers
Robin Beers
5 years 9 months ago

I like the Native American tradition of saying thank you to an animal you have just killed as a gesture of respect.

Reverence for our place in the cycle of life and the spinning of the universe is a good thing. It keeps us grounded and humble. But reverence doesn’t have to become worship of any kind of deity. I am an atheist and I celebrate the Solstice.

Jackson
Jackson
5 years 9 months ago

I’m neither atheist nor agnostic. I am involved in an organized religion as well as rather spiritual, respect for the sacrifice of an animal is paramount to me.

James
James
5 years 9 months ago
I was a vegetarian for 6.5 years and absolutely agree with Mark. I don’t think it’s wrong to eat meat — and my health improved dramatically when I reintroduced meat and stopped soy, lasagna, etc. — but I do think it’s wrong to treat our animals inhumanely. Put differently, in an ideal world, every meat eater should be forced to participate in the slaughter process (even if just hunting) every so often. We mean well, but our society has made ignoring unpleasantries easy — if not acceptable. Animals are more sentient than once thought, and we’re taking all they have… Read more »
Kelda
5 years 9 months ago
I agree with you completely in the last 21 years I spent 14 (in two 7 year stints) as a vegetarian. I too have felt all the benefits of eating meat again and will never return to being vegetarian. I buy my meat direct from the slaugher-house a short drive from my house. The animals are local and field-reared and the facility clean and humane and the staff respectful. I make myself go there and make a conscious effort to remember the life of the animals and give thanks – to them, not to any ‘diety’. Since following the Primal… Read more »
Kelda
5 years 9 months ago

I totally agree, I spent 14 (in two 7 year stints) of the last 21 years as a vegetarian but have returned to meat eating since February.

I buy my meat direct from my local slaughter-house where the animals are local and field-reared. I make myself go there and to try think about the animals and the benefit I gain from them.

The staff are respectful and the facility is clean and humane.

Since becoming Primal a year ago I feel a very great deal more connected with the whole cycle of life and our part in the ‘system’.

Kelda
5 years 9 months ago

Apologies for duplication the system was doing something very odd yesterday!

shannon
shannon
5 years 9 months ago

I worship the Brahma cow. I even live on a road named for a hybrid Brahma/Angus breed: my address is Brangus Lane.

I have photographed and drawn these beautiful cattle for two decades now. I love them.

Paleohund
5 years 9 months ago

Maybe the Israelites should have stuck with the golden calf then? 😉

Dominick
Dominick
5 years 9 months ago
As usual, I agree with Mark for the most part except for one thing; cow dairy. I used to love cheese I would put it on everything. My entire life I had sinus problems and was never able to properly breathe through my nose. When I met my nutritionist (who has a lot in common with Mark), he told me dairy is one of the things he hates the most for a few reasons. (1) As far as my problem goes, dairy creates mucus (which is why I could never breathe). Mucus breeds bacteria. Bacteria causes sickness & disease. I… Read more »
Dana
Dana
5 years 9 months ago

Did you try raw cow dairy before giving it up entirely? I’ve heard from people who originally swore up and down that they were allergic to cow’s milk and then switched to raw (or raw grass-fed) and their symptoms disappeared.

I do know grass-fed *tastes* different than CAFO even if it’s not raw. I’ve been using GF dairy for years now and I won’t go back if I can at all help it.

Stephan
5 years 9 months ago

I do think it’s interesting that beef seems to be almost universally revered. It’s good stuff.

Jason Sandeman
5 years 9 months ago

Mark, I agree. Respect for food is a respect for life. We need to think on how our food is raised, slaughtered, etc.

Caitlin Grant
Caitlin Grant
5 years 9 months ago

Love this post Mark.

I’m reading Ishmael again, and I just find it interesting the parallels between the agricultural revolution, and the cultural revolution that went along with it. Our health declined, as did our respect for our surroundings.

Again, great stuff! I can’t wait to take my own kids fishing one day to teach them the importance of food cycles and how we’re all a part of it.

Ulla Lauridsen
Ulla Lauridsen
5 years 9 months ago

I agree. I’m an atheist, and I believe in something like ‘what goes around comes around’. Not in a superstitious way – it’s just the natural order of things.
And thus we got the ‘mad cow disease’.

Alison Golden
5 years 9 months ago

As someone who is reestablishing her relationship with beef, this was an interesting read.

Having virtually sworn off eating beef for years because everyone told me it was bad for me, this reversal is a work in progress.

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rob
5 years 9 months ago

To me it’s protein, I buy it at the grocery store because that is where you buy animal flesh. Hopefully they treat the cattle well.

I’ve never actually mistreated, disrespected or other abused a cow so I figure I’m okay.

Dana
Dana
5 years 9 months ago
If you were to pay someone to murder a human being for you, and the legal system found out, you would be put on trial and possibly convicted of being an accessory to murder. This is because we understand culturally that enabling or asking another person to do something bad for you is almost as bad as doing the bad thing yourself, if not in fact morally equivalent. I’m a hypocrite for saying this because I still buy CAFO beef, something I hope to change soon (I don’t have absolute control over the food dollars in my household), but I… Read more »
John
John
5 years 6 months ago

It seems there’s lots of angst over killing animals, and several statements equating animals with people. I think that while suffering should be minimized while raising and slaughtering animals, it’s a mistake to conflate animals and people. Your murder for hire example doesn’t hold water with cows.

Other than humans, and possibly whales and dolphins, animals are not self-aware. They do not have rights. Killing them is not murder.

Note that I do not advocate killing dolphins or whales, as it _might_ be murder. One day we may advance enough technologically to communicate with them. Then what?

Stephen
Stephen
5 years 9 months ago

“Look after your cows and your cows will look after you”

Amen.

rsg
5 years 9 months ago

I was just thinking about a subject similar to this. Some places it is hard to get all pastured grass fed anything, at a minimum paying respect is the least you could do. If this is through prayer or simple thoughts it should be done. Several points have made about us knowing our place in the natural cycle and I agree with those.

Primal
Primal
5 years 9 months ago

One thing to remember, all cows get a little grain in their diet. Pasture-fed, raised, and grown animals will get it from the ‘seeds’ of grasses. Barley, alfalfa, etc all have this as part of this system. Just so happens to be part of the diet. Now, overfeeding them this grain (out of the context of their natural eating habits) is what causes the ‘bad’ effect.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grass

Kelda
5 years 9 months ago

Mm, I have tried twice to post a comment and nothing is appearing so apologies if this is now the third one!

Briefly, ex vegetarian, now really appreciate the whole cycle of life and the food chain. I enjoy meat, buy it locally from locally raised animals and always try to give thanks to them, not to any diety!

Sandra
Sandra
5 years 9 months ago

Ironically, Mark, I am a grass-based farmer who was turned on to your site by my Paleo-eating customers. I take great pride in the fact I raise and harvest my livestock with the utmost respect for them, the environment and socially responsibility. I’m not going to get rich doing this, but like those cave painters, I feel that what I’m doing in life is of great importance.

Sam Cree
Sam Cree
5 years 9 months ago

Very nice. I appreciate what you are doing. I grew up on a farm myself.

heather
heather
5 years 9 months ago
Dairy….a magical self replenishing liquid? Perhaps I misunderstood the statement…however cow’s milk is not a magical “self” replenishing liquid. For a cow to produce milk she has to become impregnated, naturally or artificially (more common), give birth, then have the calf taken away (usually sold to veal farmers)so the farmer can milk her at least twice a day, for human consumption. Cow’s dairy is not self replenishing. It is more accurate to say it is stimulated…through cold plastic and metal suction cups and rubber hoses. Just as with any mammal, if the mammary glands are not milked regularly they will… Read more »
Tim Huntley
5 years 9 months ago

You have made a good argument against factory farming for sure; however I have a cow (Penny), and now a calf. The calf is 8 months old and still nurses her mother. I keep them seperate for part of the day so that I can get some milk from Penny for our family. And I hand milk, no “cold plastic and metal suction cups”.

There are alternatives.

heather
heather
5 years 9 months ago

If you have a farm. More power to you. However, a MAJORITY, of American Citizens do not. We must remember there are 6 billion people in this world, of which a very, very, very, very small percentage live such a simple and thoughtful lifestyle. I have hand milked as well while working on various farms, this population is few and far between. Visit a few large cities in the US and one is quickly reminded of how small our own experiences are in the whole scheme of things (small, meaning actual size not quality).

Jenny
Jenny
5 years 9 months ago
Oh, pullease…. not ALL dairy is so achieved so horribly. Just as with CAFO cattle vs small-farm cattle, there is a HUGE difference between CAFO dairy and small-farm dairy. My Jersey cow is bred naturally by a local bull, fed grainfree during her pregnancy, and then calves in the spring. Her calf stays with her for a week until the colostrum is gone; during that time I usually HAVE to milk her out at least once a day as six gallons a day is far too much milk for a newborn calf. If I didn’t milk her out, it would… Read more »
heather
heather
5 years 9 months ago
Point is… dairy is for the babies of the animals that birth them, not for us. I look at it like people not spaying or neutering their domesticated feline or canine friends. If you want milk then the cow has to give birth….WE DO NOT NEED MILK IN OUR DIET!!!!! Have you ever breast fed a child? There is a surge in milk production within the first few days. The baby milks the breast as much as it needs. If the breast is not milked then the production slows. If the breast is milked a lot then the production increases… Read more »
Tim Huntley
5 years 9 months ago

Yep, we do not need milk, but I like it, and think it is a nutrient dense superfood. I’ll keep my cow, thanks.

And, BTW, I wonder which of the things that humans eat have the intention (pupose) of being used solely as food by humans? Seems like just about everything we choose to eat has some other purpose, be it an egg that becomes a chick or a seed that becomes a plant. Just some food for thought…

Jenny
Jenny
5 years 9 months ago
Well, I don’t actually drink much milk myself, but U like the Jersey milk for the butter, cream and cheese, plus the milk’s a good source of income that allows me to have the farm life I want. Any milk I don’t sell or feed to the poultry, weaner pigs and orphan lambs, I make cheese to sell. Yep, I’m an animal slaver! It’s true… I make them work for their lives here. hahaha, actually the joke’s on me… I’m the one who’s the real slave. All my critters have to do is bear their young in the spring, which… Read more »
Dana
Dana
5 years 9 months ago

There’s nothing wrong with eating veal in and of itself. It’s the screwy things they do to calves to make their meat “whiter” that are appalling, but that’s not everybody in the industry, just the usual CAFO suspects.

In the old days they’d have simply slaughtered the calf, end of story.

heather
heather
5 years 9 months ago

Domesticated farm animals…bred by humans for personal use…Which will come first the extinction of the dairy farmer or the extinction of the modern day cow? Either way, we’ll be moving in the right direction.

Jenny
Jenny
5 years 9 months ago

Aggghhh!! A PETA troll! Run, run!! lol

Tim Huntley
5 years 9 months ago

Thanks Heather… I had been trying to decide what to write for my next blog post, but now I know. It is going to “Why we keep a family cow” 🙂

heather
heather
5 years 9 months ago

PETA…..NOT SO. You all did a good job of ruffling my feathers with your experience and perspectives, however. Thanks for hearing out some of mine. Honestly, I appreciate your lifestyle, though won’t be sold on dairy as you won’t be on non-dairy….. You’re welcome…I’d like to read your post.

Jenny
Jenny
5 years 9 months ago
I’m not trying to convince anyone to consume dairy nor do I believe that it’s for everyone; but I am trying to point out my experiences have convinced me that dairy is not evil, and may be helpful, even healing. Some people CAN consume it with no problem; some people even benefit from it. Raw milk CAN even heal. I have seen it with myself with my own mother and my dog, both with lymphoma. I also have a customer with severe IBS who can only drink raw milk kefir… she lives on it. Every time she tries to eat… Read more »
LXV
LXV
5 years 9 months ago

Never has a domesticated animal gone extinct. Breeds might disappear as more efficient ones are developed, but no domesticated farm animal has ever gone extinct.

Rich
Rich
5 years 9 months ago

Too bad cows can’t talk, they would most likely tell you to stop cutting them to pieces with saws.

Savages.

Chris
Chris
5 years 9 months ago

African cape buffalo would probably ask the lions to stop hunting them as well, but it ain’t gonna happen.

jspradley
jspradley
5 years 9 months ago

If they could talk they would be sapient beings, a different form of “people” and killing them would be murder.

But they aren’t they are a glorious, healthy source of food.

kem
kem
5 years 9 months ago

I feel the same as Kelda. It is very satisfying to sell the nearly perfect product. It’s great to walk amongst the cattlebeasts whilst shifting their break, watching them interact with the dogs and seeing how happy they are with each new strip of paddock.

Raj
5 years 9 months ago

Mark,
Love the article and the references! You excel!

Jack
Jack
5 years 9 months ago

Another treat the cow has given us is the psilocybin mushroom. The late Terence Mckenna, in an interview with High Times Magazine said the following; “the presence of psychedelic substances in the diet of early human beings created a number of changes in our evolutionary situation. When a person takes small amounts of psilocybin visual acuity improves. They can actually see slightly better, and this means that animals allowing psilocybin into their food chain would have increased hunting success, which means increased food supply, which means increased reproductive success, which is the name of the game in evolution.”

Kris
Kris
5 years 9 months ago

The emphasis on pasture-raised, humanely slaughtered meat is one of the things that resonated most strongly with me about the Primal lifestyle. I am not perfect in this regard – any time I eat out I know I am making a conscious decision to eat factory-farmed meat. But despite the cost I feel like it’s the single most “right” thing I can do in my eating practices. I go for good meat before anything else (e.g. organic fruit and veggies)

Bryan
Bryan
5 years 9 months ago

I east grass-fed beef (Novy Ranch), but have a better connection with the meat, fish, and fowl that I harvest on my own. Done right, hunting wild game is natural and moral. Because the dying is often visible and the blood is literally on the hunter’s hands, hunting, especially close-range traditional bowhunting, demands an incomparably greater connection to the reality of our food than does a thoughtless trip to the local market.

pixel
pixel
5 years 6 months ago

wouldnt it hurt less with a rifle?

If you want more connection and you dont mind the extra pain, why not dispense with the bow and use a knife or your own body.

It may sound silly but we already know humans can do this. we have more endurance than (almost?) any other land animal. look up persistence hunting if you dont believe me.

Richard
5 years 6 months ago
Whether or not it hurts less with a rifle depends entirely on where you hit the animal. Every season there are hunters who are terrible shots with rifles. Sometimes the game runs off for miles and is never found as it slowly bleeds to death over the course of days. Going out early in the season honestly scares me because you never know what trigger-happy novice hunter is going to do when he gets a glimpse of you walking through the woods. I believe ethical hunting involves being an excellent marksman and bringing down your target with a single, clean… Read more »
Bryan
Bryan
5 years 9 months ago

Sorry – I don’t “east” grass-fed beef, I “eat” grass-fed beef.

Joanne
5 years 9 months ago

I like beef….but I like my venison better….which is why for the most part I will always eat grass fed beef….its tastes more like our venison. I also like the venison because either myself or my husband spent hours scouting the woods looking for deer paths, hours sitting and waiting and walking and waiting some more to finally see and hopefully shoot the venison that sits in our freezer…that’s how you learn to respect the food you eat!

Richard
5 years 9 months ago

I hunt a lot of my own meat and minimizing the suffering of game is of high importance to me.

I fully support harvesting your own game, but I wish more people would learn to do it right. Every season I see more and more people gut-shooting game, shooting multiple times because they’re inaccurate, and wasting meat because they don’t know how to process it right.

Sam
5 years 9 months ago

Great post. I am incredibly lucky to live in new zealand where cows and sheep are all pasture fed, but it is so important to keep in mind that these animals are living, sentient beings before they die to fill our freezers. I have horses and rent 2 acres of pasture. We have just had our first three ewes killed at the pasture, and it gives you such a bigger sense of respect for our meat as i have cared for them and known them. Cant have any cows but intend to get more sheep next spring!

kem
kem
5 years 9 months ago

We are lucky, eh. I need to get a few weaned lambs to clean up around the yard and chook run. Pretty easy to butcher yourself, too. Very tasty.

Sara
Sara
5 years 9 months ago
This article and many of the wonderful comments spoke to my heart My husband and I own nearly four hundred cattle at our small ranch in Montana. They live in the most natural setting we can offer, with little human interaction, few crossfences, and grain only during calving season. We have recently lost some cattle due to harsh winter conditions, and the pain is similar to the loss of a family pet. I by no means worship the cow, as I am an active Christian, and enjoy eating all kinds of meat. The saddness I experience is when we, as… Read more »
Nathan
5 years 9 months ago

Eating meat is great. But the animals should be treated as living beings, not just inanimate inventory.

Why do treat our pets so well, and our livestock so horribly?

hiker
hiker
5 years 9 months ago
When I hiked the Colorado Trail in 2006, cow pies were everywhere. It was also a rainy year so there was no way to avoid stepping on them. My hiking partner told me that when I forded the Rio Grande that the minute my boots came in contact with the water, it turned red and the cow remains went everywhere. Of course, I was concentrating on fording the river, not looking at my boots, so I missed the show. Sometimes it was very difficult to find potable water because we’d turn the corner and there would be cattle wading in… Read more »
Victoria
Victoria
5 years 9 months ago

It’s a perverse anthropomorphization, but I like to ask myself ‘if I had the chance to come back as this animal- would I’. The deer my friends hunt-yes, my chickens and beef- yes, industrialized pork and poultry- no. Conventional beef- maybe.

You can not have life without death – you have to make the most (and the best) out of both.

Bryan
Bryan
5 years 9 months ago

I agree with Victoria. Anthropomophization (to give a nonhuman thing a human form, human characteristics, or human behavior) is contrary.

Dana
Dana
5 years 9 months ago
Well, now, and it depends on what you define as “human.” When you’ve got certain species of animals capable of producing art and recognizing themselves in mirrors, you have to ask yourself what’s so different between us and them. Maybe it’d be more appropriate, rather than assign uniquely human traits to animals, to instead look at ourselves and what parts of us are animal. Which is everything, really. Every animal has a unique ability or two not shared by other members of the animal kingdom. I don’t know when we decided we were somehow set apart just because of our… Read more »
Mark
Mark
5 years 9 months ago

Well said Mark. I’m going to go hug a cow.

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Jose Zeballos
5 years 9 months ago

Amen Mark. And from a paleo point of view, I have the incredible luck of living in Uruguay, a country which has it´s economy based in producing grass-fed cattle. In our supermarkets, the most expensive beef cuts is “feedlot”! The cheep cuts are just grass-fed beleive it or not.

Dawn
Dawn
5 years 9 months ago
As a child I was raised on a self-sufficient farm. We raised our own goats for milk, cheese, kefir, and meat; our own chickens for eggs and meat; and hunted: deer, turkey, pheasant, duck, goose. I still hunt my own deer meat and hopefully next year my husband and I will get to go elk hunting for the first time, since recently moving to Colorado. I don’t hunt for sport – I hunt for the meat, because it feeds my family in a healthy way while helping maintain environmental balance (keeping overpopulation in check). Truth be told, I feel a… Read more »
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Holly
4 years 9 months ago
It is stupid to think God had nothing to do with animals being apart of what we eat. He is the very one who created us and the animals. I believe their were these paleolethic people because the paintings on the wall dont lie’ However it wasn’t millions of years ago and I wont believe what is opposite of what the Bible says’ The earth could be millions of years old but we humans have only existed for 8000 years. Am greatful to still get real food on this planet and it has everything to do with God making it… Read more »
Pranay
Pranay
4 years 3 months ago
In India, the calf is not used for veal, but for plowing in the fields when he grows up(I am not sure how prevalent this is in modern times, but it stems for the fact that we consider cow sacred). Of course, it all depends how you treat the cow, since you could technically abuse it or overwork it. I wonder though, is it really necessary to kill the male calf? Can it not grow up to be a steer and be a potential “candidate” for female cows? I am not very familiar with dairy practices or habits so you… Read more »
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