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According to Temple Grandin, an assistant professor of Animal Science at Colorado State, as relayed by Michael Pollan in his article “Power Steer” the meat packers have tried to create a humane and stress free system of cattle restraints, chutes, ramps and stunning systems  because panicked cows are harder to handle and yield less valuable meat. Frightened cows produce an adrenaline surge that turns their meat dark and unappetizing. ''Dark cutters,'' as they're called, sell at a deep discount.