PHOTO-REPORT: The Making Of The Meat We Eat [WARNING: Viewer Discretion Is Advised, 18+]

Santarem, Brazil — Those who buy meat at a supermarket might think it grows on trees and at harvest time it gets placed in those little plastic containers they find on the shelves. The reality is a lot different though, as making the meat we eat is a messy business on industrial scale.

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If your primary image of cows is one of them running around in fields, you might want to avoid this gallery. Viewer discretion is advised.

PHOTO-REPORT: The Making Of The Meat We Eat [WARNING: Viewer Discretion Is Advised, 18+]

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Live cattle are seen at the Cargill Beef Processing Plant in Schuyler

PHOTO-REPORT: The Making Of The Meat We Eat [WARNING: Viewer Discretion Is Advised, 18+]

A cow is prepared to be butchered at the slaughterhouse

PHOTO-REPORT: The Making Of The Meat We Eat [WARNING: Viewer Discretion Is Advised, 18+]

Slaughtered cows are left to bleed out at the slaughterhouse

PHOTO-REPORT: The Making Of The Meat We Eat [WARNING: Viewer Discretion Is Advised, 18+]

Employees butcher a cow at the slaughterhouse

PHOTO-REPORT: The Making Of The Meat We Eat [WARNING: Viewer Discretion Is Advised, 18+]

A set of knifes are pictured at the Santacarnes slaughterhouse in Santarem

PHOTO-REPORT: The Making Of The Meat We Eat [WARNING: Viewer Discretion Is Advised, 18+]

An employee prepares a cow to be butchered at the slaughterhouse in Santarem

PHOTO-REPORT: The Making Of The Meat We Eat [WARNING: Viewer Discretion Is Advised, 18+]

Employees butcher cows at the slaughterhouse in Santarem

PHOTO-REPORT: The Making Of The Meat We Eat [WARNING: Viewer Discretion Is Advised, 18+]

An employee handles the heads of butchered cows at the slaughterhouse

PHOTO-REPORT: The Making Of The Meat We Eat [WARNING: Viewer Discretion Is Advised, 18+]

An employee processes a butchered cow at the slaughterhouse in Santarem

PHOTO-REPORT: The Making Of The Meat We Eat [WARNING: Viewer Discretion Is Advised, 18+]

An employee pushes the carcasses of butchered cows into a refrigerated truck at Santacarnes slaughterhouse

PHOTO-REPORT: The Making Of The Meat We Eat [WARNING: Viewer Discretion Is Advised, 18+]

Employees clean an empty processing room at the Santacarnes slaughterhouse in Santarem

PHOTO-REPORT: The Making Of The Meat We Eat [WARNING: Viewer Discretion Is Advised, 18+]

An employee inspects chubs of ground beef at the Beef Processing Plant in Schuyler

PHOTO-REPORT: The Making Of The Meat We Eat [WARNING: Viewer Discretion Is Advised, 18+]

Cargill employees trim beef at the Cargill Beef Processing Plant in Schuyler

PHOTO-REPORT: The Making Of The Meat We Eat [WARNING: Viewer Discretion Is Advised, 18+]

An employee trims beef at the Beef Processing Plant

PHOTO-REPORT: The Making Of The Meat We Eat [WARNING: Viewer Discretion Is Advised, 18+]

An employee repairs equipment in the grading room while surrounded by hanging sides of beef at the Cargill Beef Processing Plant

PHOTO-REPORT: The Making Of The Meat We Eat [WARNING: Viewer Discretion Is Advised, 18+]

Cargill employees sever the heads of cattle at the Cargill Beef Processing Plant in Schuyler

PHOTO-REPORT: The Making Of The Meat We Eat [WARNING: Viewer Discretion Is Advised, 18+]

An employee saws a cow’s body in half at the Cargill Beef Processing Plant in Schuyler

PHOTO-REPORT: The Making Of The Meat We Eat [WARNING: Viewer Discretion Is Advised, 18+]

Boxes of beef are processed at the Beef Processing Plant

PHOTO-REPORT: The Making Of The Meat We Eat [WARNING: Viewer Discretion Is Advised, 18+]

A block of finely textured beef rolls down a conveyor belt at the Beef Processing Plant

PHOTO-REPORT: The Making Of The Meat We Eat [WARNING: Viewer Discretion Is Advised, 18+]

Finely textured beef is seen at the Cargill Beef Processing Plant in Schuyler

PHOTO-REPORT: The Making Of The Meat We Eat [WARNING: Viewer Discretion Is Advised, 18+]

An Emplyee monitors various processes at the Beef Processing Plant

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