Can You Spot The Difference Between A Dairy Farm And ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’?

by | December 18, 2017

Dairy Farm Or ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Horror House?

A dairy farm in Michigan has made the news with the shocking admission that it forcibly impregnates cows with the embryos of elite cows to make genetically superior animals. Sound Familiar? Anyone who watched Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale should be able to see the shocking connection.

Vice News recently had a segment aired on HBO which showed Jerry Jorgensen, the Michigan dairy farmer who genetically optimizes cows to create ‘supercows’ to maximize his profits.

Animals on the farm are separated, not unlike the women in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ into ‘super elite’ (cows who embryos are used for reproduction) and ‘elite’ (cows who carry the embryos). These ‘Super Cows‘ are artificially inseminated with sperm bought from bulls thought to be ‘super elite’. They are also given hormones to increase embryo production.

“It’s like the bovine spin-off of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’,” said Robert Ferdman, a journalist from vice news. He goes on to describe this form of breeding cows as an unnatural reproductive process “a little like speeding up cow evolution every 30 days”. The vice segment ended with Jorgensen showing the journalists his computer, scrolling through the genetic scores a lab assigns to each individual animal on his farm. It’s this database which Jorgensen uses to separate his cows to which will be egg donors, which will be the carriers of the embryos, and which ones will end up being auctioned off for upwards of $150,000.

In a story that is almost beyond belief, one has to wonder, what happens to the cows deemed unfit for any part in this process? Where is this accelerated evolution of the cows going to lead us in the future? This story is eerily similar to the award-winning dystopian drama ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and Mary Shelley’s classic, ‘Frankenstein’.

Are genetically modified ‘supercows’ the animals of the future? Let us know your opinions in the comments.

Alex Jones

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