Sunday, August 06, 2006

Holy Cow!

Driving through Wyoming this week, I happened to find myself staring out the window at all the cows; which got me thinking...

How is it possibly that we have enough cows to provide all the beef we consume? I have seen cows all over the United States, yet with the millions of people we have and all of the beef needed, I don't see how it works out that we have enough full grown cows to provide us with all of it.

Think about it. McDonald's serves billions of hamburgers a year. BILLIONS. Then we have Wendy's, Burger King, In and Out Burger, Jack In The Box, Sonic, Backyard Burger, Fuddruckers, Hooters, Chili's, TGIFriday's, Red Robin, etc. And that's only burger joints.

What about all the steak places? Outback Steakhouse, Texas Roadhouse, Sizzler, Longhorn Steakhouse, Cattle Baron's, McMahon's Steakhouse, Ruth's Chris, McCormick & Schmidt, Applebee's, etc.

These are only a handful of places that I can think of off the top of my head. There are hundreds of other places that sell beef products. Las Vegas alone has thousands of buffet lines snaking around casinos with people waiting for beef to be carved right onto their plates!

It just seems impossible that we have that many cows ready to become food for us. Ed and I pondered about this for a while and just didn't think it seemed feasible. And let's not forget about my favorite form of cow, the baby kind; otherwise known as veal. Milk fed is my preference. How many of those do we have crusing around the pastures?

So what do you think? How many hamburgers do you think one can get out of a cow??


Twisted Cinderella said...

LOL, you have me picturing hidden communities of cows kept just for htis purpose.

Anonymous said...

Topics like this one are one of the many reasons I am glad I don't eat meat! Eeewww! And on a related note, why do we dress it up and call it hamburger? Why not just call it cow and be done with it? Love your blog!