Apocalypse Cowabunga! The Simpsons on factory farming

I’m close to finishing “Uncertain Peril: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Seeds,” a new book by the fearsomely qualified Claire Hope Cummings. It’s excellent, but it paints such an enraging and depressing picture of just how badly we’re … well, screwed … that when my husband pulled out his earphones to say, “Hey, this Simpsons episode is about feedlots!” I thought I’d take a break. Hey, we all need a few laughs with our doom-and-gloom diets.

In the episode “Apocalypse Cow,” which you can watch for free (with commercials) on Hulu.com, Bart joins 4H and raises a steer he names Lou, who gets sent to a feedlot. Lisa (and her vegan activist) friends help Bart — who can’t become a vegetarian because he “loves the taste of death” too much — rescue Lou. It’s got it all: corn subsidies, bovine growth hormones, slaughterhouse rescues, and some regrettable farmer stereotypes. Also, thankfully, a happy ending.

Bart feeds his 4H cow, Lou

One Responseto “Apocalypse Cowabunga! The Simpsons on factory farming”

  1. Well, it doesn’t have GMOs or evil food capitalists, but luckily those get covered in the classic tomacco episode…Oh, “Simpsons.”  Is there any food politics issue you can’t enlighten us on?