Mixed Media on Archival Clayboard in a Black Metal Floater Frame.
This painting is part of my Ecological Landscape series.
This painting is based on the Dalhart Texas Feedlot. The feedlots in this area are typical of the cattle industry. They are generally clean and well managed. The lower portion of the image is the waste pond. Much of this material is recycled onto area farms where the corn is grown to feed the cattle. Given corporate influence and political power, it is often hard to know what the environmental risks really are.
However, grass fed beef is all about eating grass. When cattle eat only native forages, they up-cycle the nutrients, including omega 3 essential fatty acids, conjugated linoleic acid, and antioxidants like beta-carotene and vitamin E.
Feed lot cattle ― even certified Angus and wagyu ― don’t.
Cattle raised for the grass fed market graze. Since they’re not in feedlots, they get regular exercise that results in leaner, firmer beef. They also spend their lives living, well, like cattle, without contributing as much to the major health, land and water impacts of factory farming as seen here.