A few years ago I read Michael Pollan's Omnivore's Dilemma. Since then I've done quite a bit of reading in the press and elsewhere (NY Times, New Yorker, etc.), plus movie watching (King Corn) on the subject of large scale feed lot beef production. And I've toured lots of dairy and meat farms and have spoken with quite a few farmers who raise grass-fed beef. All of this has pretty well convinced me that meat production in this country is an ailing industry and that without reform we all risk literally getting sick. Not to mention pollution and the welfare of animals forced to eat a diet that doesn't agree with them, and the resultant abuse of antibiotics.
That said, I've gotten a lot of flack on this board for this view. So I started thinking, maybe there is a significant body of counter-evidence? So I'm hear to ask anyone with knowledge of feed-lot farming to tell me (with evidence) why it's a well-regulated, clean, sustainable industry that produces a healthy product and why I should feel good about buying plain old supermarket beef rather than shelling out for local/grassfed/organic. Any magazine articles, books, internet sites, or even suggestions for large scale farms/slaughterhouses to visit would be great. Thanks!