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This excerpt from "Modern Meat" shows the massive feedlots -- some call them cities of cows -- where thousands of cattle are kept in pens and fed high-energy rations of corn to fatten them up. Feedlot operator Bill Haw comments on how this system produces at a low cost the flavorful meat Americans have come to expect. He also says the animals live a pampered and comfortable existence. However, journalist Michael Pollan and microbiologist Dr. Glenn Morris, are concerned that feedlot conditions may contribute to the spread of dangerous bacteria that could find their way into the food supply.

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