Grass-fed beef

Annals of hypallage, food-source division. In a 1/30/17 New Yorker cartoon by P.C. Vey:

Contemplating the nightmare that bedevils animal rights activists: force-feeding creatures to prepare them for human consumption.

(Vey now has his own Page on this blog.)

On force-feeding, from Wikipedia:

Force-feeding is the practice of feeding a human or other animal against their will.

… Force-feeding is also known as gavage, from a French word meaning “to gorge”. This term specifically refers to force-feeding of ducks or geese [with a grain mash] in order to fatten their livers in the production of foie gras.

And then food-source hypallage (like grass-fed beef: it’s the cattle that are fed grass, not the beef from the cattle), as in a section of my 12/6/18 posting “O happy day! Annals of hypallage 2018”.


One Response to “Grass-fed beef”

  1. John Baker Says:

    Ah, but a beef is a (male or female) cow, considered as a source of meat. They do not become beeves only once butchered.

    And, of course, gavage, or whatever it is the questioner has in mind, is hardly practical with grass.

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