No, no, no! I have nothing against the moo, and yes they are very clever in their food processing abilities to a point, but we have too many of them, because we are too greedy for the produce they give us. This leads to huge amounts amounts of methane entering the atmosphere and contributing to green house gasses. We all need to eat less cow and value them more.
A farmer friend of mine confided in me one day that over the decades cows have generally increased in size by 50% leading them to experience new problems with their legs because they carry so much weight – just like like we do when we get fat.
Cows are cool. And here is why.
They’re not especially smart, or amazingly athletic, nor are they formidable predators or experts of camouflage. Their main survival tactic is to be large and to move in groups. But what’s really cool about cows, is that they are ruminants.
A ruminant is a mammal that eats only plants (an herbivore) and manages to get enough nutrients out of these plants by digesting them multiple times.
This in in contrast to animals like, for example, humans. Humans are monogastric, and have one, single chambered stomach. Our digestive system is basically a one-way pipe: food goes in one end, is digested along the way while we absorb the nutrients, and then the waste exits the other end.
However, cows (and other ruminants like goats, sheep, camels, and giraffes) eat only grass, and they need to work a lot harder than a 1-stomach system…
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