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Beacho Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-29-09 05:58 PM
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208. Not fooling myself about anything
But you did ignore my statement that there are already massive surpluses of *food* crops that often they end up being sold as feed because the market is saturated with the product. Producing meat products is not 'stealing' food out of the mouths of anyone. Those surpluses make your argument about 'feeding more people' moot. Also please learn the difference between 'food' crops and 'feed' crops. Feed quality crops are not suitable for consumption by humans due to their high cellulose content, which the human body cannot digest. As for soy, the valuable oil, in most cases, is extracted before it is sold as 'feed' stock. The majority of soy, of which there is also a regular surplus, that are fed to animals are the husks after the soy is extracted.

As for the carbon footprint, explain to me how transporting a pound of wheat is different than transporting a pound of beef. A pound is a pound is a pound. Before you talk about the refrigeration, remember that plenty of fruits and vegetables have to travel in A/C, so you would have to support banning those products as well. Also as far as diseases, I seem to remember some vegetable products being contaminated and making plenty of people sick. The purity of food is a matter of regulation and enforcing those regs, not dietary choice. Also water is also contaminated from growing non meat products. Dealing with pollution is a package deal and has to do more agricultural practices in general.

As I told the OP, it's clear that some people have a problem with eating meat period. Your remarks about the 'cultural emphasis' explains it quite clearly. Yours is an ethical choice and your bias is clear. Again, I'll emphasize that I have no problem with your ethical stance, you're welcome to it and welcome to express it in the market place of ideas. You'll get no opposition from me. But be honest, are you promoting these facts because you're concerned about pollution and wanting to feed more people or because you just don't like the idea of people eating meat? The only reason I bring it up is because I'm seeing some confirmation bias.
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