The Flaws of an Industry Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

The Flaws of an Industry
A review of Jeremy Rifkin's "Beyond Beef: the Rise and Fall of the Cattle Culture".
# 33172 | 1,150 words | 1 source | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Sep 29, 2003 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis)

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The paper discusses how Jeremy Rifkin's "Beyond Beef: the Rise and Fall of the Cattle Culture" suggests the ways the beef industry has negatively impacted the health, economics, and politics of America. The paper goes on to describe how the cattle industry contributes to environmental damage, world hunger, disease, inhumanity, and economic and political problems. The paper asserts that changes in the beef industry and some overall reductions of beef consumption would help the world breathe easier, and would help feed the hungry. Furthermore, the paper notes that our energies, improved by increased health, might then be directed in more humane directions.

From the Paper:

"The beef industry has a negative impact on the economics of America and other places. Rifkin notes that some countries agree to keep cattle for American interests in order to bolster their economies. Although initially somewhat profitable, most countries eventually lose money on the venture. In order to find enough land to raise cattle, some areas displace populations or destroy natural resources such as rainforests (Rifkin, 1993). If demand for beef changes or if bef industry leaders decide to relocate the cattle, the residents are left with a barren and largely unusable tract of land, a situation that has in fact been repeated many times in Latin America (Rifkin, 1993). Domestically, pharmaceutical companies and researchers are employed by the beef industry to produce cheaper feed, better growth hormones and new chemicals to create more beef less expensively (Rifkin, 1993). Thus, money that could be invested in research of deadly diseases or could be used for social problems is used instead by the cattle industry."

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