Omnivore's Dilemma Ch 4-5

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Omnivores Dilemma Ch 4-5 - Quiz

Hi Team!
Remember that this is not really a quiz! They are comprehension questions. I just want a way to make sure that you are understanding the material.
Also, remember that any of the essay or fill in the blank questions need to be corrected by me, later. They will not show up on your score.
Note: at the end, I will ask you what is one fact that was interesting or surprising to you. As you read, make note of interesting passages.
Enjoy!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What fact was interesting or surprising to you?

  • 2. 

    Two companies guide corn's path every step of the way. These companies are Cargill and ADM. What do they do? There is more than one correct answer.

    • A.

      They sell pesticides and fertilizers to the farmers.

    • B.

      They operate most of the grain elevators.

    • C.

      The mill the corn into different parts to be used in processed food.

    • D.

      They feed the corn to livestock, and then slaughter the cornfed animals. They feed the corn to livestock and then slaughter the corn-fed animals.

    • E.

      They write many of the rules that govern the entire industry.

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. They sell pesticides and fertilizers to the farmers.
    B. They operate most of the grain elevators.
    C. The mill the corn into different parts to be used in processed food.
    D. They feed the corn to livestock, and then slaughter the cornfed animals. They feed the corn to livestock and then slaughter the corn-fed animals.
    E. They write many of the rules that govern the entire industry.
    Explanation
    Cargill and ADM are involved in various aspects of the corn industry. They sell pesticides and fertilizers to farmers, operate grain elevators, mill corn into different parts for processed food, feed corn to livestock, and slaughter corn-fed animals. Additionally, they also write many of the rules that govern the entire industry.

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  • 3. 

    Chapter 5: What costs more?

    • A.

      A farmer to grow feed corn

    • B.

      A Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) to buy feed corn.

    Correct Answer
    A. A farmer to grow feed corn
    Explanation
    The correct answer is that it costs more for a farmer to grow feed corn. This is because the farmer has to invest in various resources such as land, seeds, fertilizers, and equipment to grow the corn. They also have to bear the costs of labor, maintenance, and potential risks such as pests or weather conditions. On the other hand, a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) can buy feed corn in bulk, which often leads to lower prices per unit. Additionally, CAFOs may have better bargaining power and access to discounts or subsidies, further reducing their costs compared to individual farmers.

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  • 4. 

    Why are cattle forced to eat corn? Note: There is one reason mentioned in Chapter 5, but I think that you know some other reasons. Choose 2 from the list.

    • A.

      It is tasty

    • B.

      It fattens them up quickly.

    • C.

      It is cheap

    • D.

      Cattle are perfectly healthy eating corn.

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. It fattens them up quickly.
    C. It is cheap
    Explanation
    Cattle are forced to eat corn because it fattens them up quickly and it is cheap. Corn is a high-calorie feed that helps cattle gain weight rapidly, making them ready for market sooner. Additionally, corn is a cost-effective option for farmers, as it is readily available and relatively inexpensive compared to other types of feed.

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  • 5. 

    Cows are meant to eat

    • A.

      Corn

    • B.

      Grass

    • C.

      Wheat

    • D.

      Meat

    Correct Answer
    B. Grass
    Explanation
    Cows are herbivores and their digestive systems are designed to process plant material. Grass is the most natural and ideal food for cows as it provides the necessary nutrients and fiber for their digestion. Corn, wheat, and meat are not suitable for cows as they are not part of their natural diet and can cause digestive issues. Therefore, grass is the correct answer.

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  • 6. 

    What is included in Cattle food? Check all that apply.

    • A.

      Corn

    • B.

      Parts of other cows

    • C.

      Feather meal and chicken litter

    • D.

      Chicken, fish and pig meal

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Corn
    B. Parts of other cows
    C. Feather meal and chicken litter
    D. Chicken, fish and pig meal
    Explanation
    The correct answer includes corn, parts of other cows, feather meal and chicken litter, and chicken, fish, and pig meal. These are common ingredients found in cattle food. Corn is a staple in cattle diets as it provides energy. Parts of other cows, such as bone meal or meat and bone meal, can be included as a source of protein. Feather meal and chicken litter are also used as protein sources. Additionally, cattle food may contain chicken, fish, and pig meal, which are all sources of protein as well.

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  • 7. 

    Most of the animals in a feedlot are

    • A.

      Healthy

    • B.

      Sick

    Correct Answer
    B. Sick

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