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Waste Not, Want Not - The Many Uses Of The Cow.

Updated on December 22, 2009

Not Just Used For It's Beef.

Here in the United States, Americans consume almost a quarter of all the beef produced in the world.

Statistically, that means that "every 24 hours 100,000 or more cattle are slaughtered in the U.S!" - so stated

But after some 600 or so pounds of meat is taken from a cow for consumption, where does the rest of it go? Is it discarded as useless, or has man found a way to "waste not, want not"?

* Waste Not Want Not - The Many Uses Of The Cow.

A.) The Internal Organs - some of the internal organs such as the thyroid, lungs, adrenal gland, pancreas, spleen, pituitary glands, ovaries, and bile from the gallbladder and liver are used to make medicines!

B.) The Exterior- Collagen that is to be used in moisturizers and lotions is extracted from the hides, bones, and hooves. In addition, the hooves and bones are ground up to make the gelatin that is used in hundreds of everyday food items such as ice cream, several "fat free" products, and even some candies!

C.) The Fat- The gristle and the fat end up in components such as butyl stearate (oily liquid that has been FDA approve as a flavoring agent or and indirect food additive that can be used as a component of adhesives), glycol sterarate, PEG-150 distearate which is used in many hair and makeup products. In addition, it's fat is used to make soaps.

D.) The Unmentionables- Other parts of the cow end up in an bevy of items such as crayons, floor waxes, antifreeze, cement, matches, upholstery, clothing, photographic paper, weed killer, sporting goods, and cellophane.

Whether it's agreeable to one's convictions or not, the cow is truly used for so much more than a food source.

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    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      I am not sure Adesola From Nigeria. I am sorry I cannot help you with this.

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      Adesola From Nigeria 

      6 years ago

      please i need to know which part of animal is not considered useful after slaughter(eg goat, cow)? I need answer asap for my project work. Thanks so much. Am waiting

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks creativeone59. I read a lot since I homeschool my toddlers. So I come across a lot of this information while I'm reading and creating lesson plans for my children.

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      benny Faye Douglass 

      9 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Hey thnaks for such iformation, where do get all your research stuff. that was really great. keep on truckin honey. creativeone59

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for the feedback soni2006. I was so amazed however that cows were used in so many other ways besides milk and food.

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      Rajinder Soni 

      9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      In India, not only cows are considered beneficial for giving milk but Indians especially Hindus consider them really sacred and why not they should do that because cow gives us milk which forms the major constitution of our diet as well as there are many benefits of cow's milk. Indian Hindus worship cows not from now but from many centuries ago with the advent of Aryans because Aryans considered cows as really sacred because of the same benefits it gives and we are all following that tradition.

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks fastfreta. I had no idea we used practically every part of the cow. While writing this, I did wonder how vegetarians and those associated with the PETA organization would feel about this information. That is why I concluded with, "Whether it's agreeable to one's convicions or not, the cow is truly used for so much more than a food source."

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      Alfreta Sailor 

      9 years ago from Southern California

      That was so informative. Who knew we ate or used beef so much. So most of us that say that we don't eat meat, should think twice before uttering that statement. And what about vegetarians, if they only knew, oh yeah and peta? Really good hub.


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