VITAL FORCES – FOOD IN CONTEXT, a book about food culture
by Satellite Berlin – Art in collaboration
Did you ever hear of the Belgian Blue ?
Here an example of why we believe our think tank deserves a printed documentation... The Belgian Blue Cattle: a rather disturbing discovery to us, which we came upon researching for the topic Nature and Resources - Fire, Earth, Water and Air, when looking into agricultural practices and their influences.
The British Belgian Blue is a breed of beef cattle from Belgium. It‘s also known as the Race de la Moyenne et Haute Belgique. The Belgian Blue's extremely lean, hyper-sculpted, ultra-muscular physique is termed "double-muscling". The double-muscling phenotype is a heritable condition resulting in an increased number of muscle fibers, instead of the normal enlargement of individual muscle fibers.
Already in the 19th century, farmers were crossing local Belgian breeds with a Shorthorn breed of cattle from the United Kingdom. The Belgian Blue was first used as a dairy and beef breed. The modern beef breed was developed in the 1950s using artificial insemination. The breed's characteristic gene mutation was maintained through linebreeding to the point where the condition was a fixed property in the Belgian Blue breed.
For the extra layer of meat, the super cow with super steaks, these cows have to endure health problems, we will tell you more about in the book....