# KFC Abuse Scandal

#### chroot

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People eat meat because they like the taste. There is no evidence that it is required for survival. In fact, I know many vegans, and they seem to survive just fine. So do their little vegan children.

I eat meat, but I honestly feel a little guilty about it sometimes. There really is no redeeming reason to eat meat other than the taste. There are environmental, ethical, and health reasons against eating meat; the only positive is that it tastes good. I have read (and will find a substantiated source if anyone wants one) that we have the agricultural capacity to give every man, woman and child on earth 5,000 calories a day. We put a large portion of that capacity into raising animals instead (because they're so tasty) and let the majority of the world's poor go hungry.

And Ad Infinitum, that's a really stupid argument: meat must be necessary for survival because some people still eat meat? :rofl:

- Warren

#### Hurkyl

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and let the majority of the world's poor go hungry
That's a ridiculously oversimplified statement, and you know it. :tongue2:

#### Monique

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chroot said:
And Ad Infinitum, that's a really stupid argument: meat must be necessary for survival because some people still eat meat? :rofl:

- Warren
Didn't you know? Licorice is necessary for survival too :rofl:

chroot said:
People eat meat because they like the taste. There is no evidence that it is required for survival. In fact, I know many vegans, and they seem to survive just fine. So do their little vegan children.
Thanks for being yet another person to miss the point within my posts. I'm not saying you CANNOT survive WITHOUT meat. I'm just saying that it has got to be necessary for survival somewhere, including some humans. Now, PLEASE let there be someone out there that reads this... I'll quote from a post I have made previously (at least twice).. """"Like I said, if eating meat was not necessary, then why are there carnivores and omnivores among such an advanced world?? No one has answered me yet. Yes, people DO survive and are healthy by not eating meat, but they have to resort to unnatural behaviour. By that, I mean if you look in nature at omnivorous creatures, never will you see that creature purposely avoid meat. Show me an omnivore that is a vegan, other than humans! Maybe there is one animal that does it, but only because it has no other alternative. It cannot find meat. """" Again, I ask you: If meat was unnecessary and there are "so many" alternatives, then why is nature abundant with species that are carnivorous and omnivorous?

chroot said:
And Ad Infinitum, that's a really stupid argument: meat must be necessary for survival because some people still eat meat? :rofl:

- Warren
I love the fact that people downcast my opinions so quickly, and are so eager to call them stupid. It's rather interesting.

In case you didn't catch it in my previous post(s), and also missed it in the previous paragraph of this post, I'll ask again.. If meat was unnecessary for survival, why do we, among all the other omnivores and carnivores of the world, still eat it? It's not just a "really stupid argument". Think about it. No, seriously.. think about it. After all this world has endured, after all the changes in technology we've made, why are we still eating meat, why are there so many species that still eat meat, why are there no carnivores-turned-vegans out in the wild? Last time I checked, hyenas were still tearing into water buffalo carcasses, not gathering around a pile of gardenburgers.

One reason we still continue to eat meat (even though there's an alternative out there just as equally healthy) is because of the economy. Think about how many jobs that would be lost, how many families destroyed, how much pollution (aesthetic/land value) would be created, if we stopped eating meat. Jobs that range from McDonald's drive-thru boy, all the way up to farmer Joe who owns 100 acres of beautiful farming land he uses to grow beef cattle, milk cattle, chickens, pigs, and even goats. Then, if this culture decided to quit eating meat, and animal products, we would probably shud down shop altogether and end our animal-food trades with other countries, thus leading to a world-wide economic problem. This is where the culture thing comes in. We would be wrong to affect other cultures' economies just because we changed our moral standards on the values of meat and animal products.

Hurkyl said:
chroot said:
and let the majority of the world's poor go hungry
That's a ridiculously oversimplified statement, and you know it. :tongue2:

What about the scenario I mentioned in the last post.. ending the meat market/animal-eating industry would cause millions of Americans to lose their jobs, lose their families, go hungry, become poor, homeless, etc. Not to mention, as i said previously, harming the economies of the countries we trade food(animal) with. And I'm sure you may be thinking "well why don't they just switch to the vegan lifestyle too therefore we can resume trading". And to that I'll reply with what I've said before: you would be wrong to do that.

#### chroot

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I'm just saying that it has got to be necessary for survival somewhere, including some humans.
why are there carnivores and omnivores among such an advanced world??
Because meat is tasty.
No one has answered me yet. Yes, people DO survive and are healthy by not eating meat, but they have to resort to unnatural behaviour.
By what logic do you assert that the decision to eat meat is "natural," and the decision to not eat meat is "unnatural?"
Show me an omnivore that is a vegan, other than humans!
Perhaps you're confused, but a dictionary might help. An animal is an omnivore if it eats both meat and veggies. An animal is an herbivore if it eats only veggies. My friend Cindy is an herbivore. You seem to be caught in some circular logic: "some people eat meat, so humans must be omnivores. Since humans are omnivores, people must eat meat." If you really believe this logic, I pity you and any sadly ill-equipped little offspring you'll ever trick a woman into bearing for you.
Again, I ask you: If meat was unnecessary and there are "so many" alternatives, then why is nature abundant with species that are carnivorous and omnivorous?
If you're asserting "if it's good enough for animals, why isn't it good enough for us?" then you're an idiot. There's really no point in bringing lions and tigers into this discussion. Sure, lions and tigers eat meat, but they don't really have the gray matter to sit around pondering ethical questions. I'll turn the question around: if meat were necessary, why are there "so many" vegan people?
I love the fact that people downcast my opinions so quickly, and are so eager to call them stupid. It's rather interesting.
They are, in fact, stupid, as many people have pointed out. No one likes being stupid, but that doesn't make them any smarter.
In case you didn't catch it in my previous post(s), and also missed it in the previous paragraph of this post, I'll ask again.. If meat was unnecessary for survival, why do we, among all the other omnivores and carnivores of the world, still eat it?
Because it's tasty.
It's not just a "really stupid argument". Think about it. No, seriously.. think about it. After all this world has endured, after all the changes in technology we've made, why are we still eating meat
Because it's tasty.
why are there so many species that still eat meat, why are there no carnivores-turned-vegans out in the wild? Last time I checked, hyenas were still tearing into water buffalo carcasses, not gathering around a pile of gardenburgers.
Do I hear an echo in here?
Think about how many jobs that would be lost, how many families destroyed, how much pollution (aesthetic/land value) would be created, if we stopped eating meat.
Since when has soybean farming produced more pollution than cattle farming? Do you have any clue how uninformed you are? :rofl:
Jobs that range from McDonald's drive-thru boy
The greasy McD's employee could just as easily serve greasy soyburgers.
all the way up to farmer Joe who owns 100 acres of beautiful farming land he uses to grow beef cattle, milk cattle, chickens, pigs, and even goats.
The people who raise cattle could just as easy farm soybeans.
Then, if this culture decided to quit eating meat, and animal products, we would probably shud down shop altogether and end our animal-food trades with other countries, thus leading to a world-wide economic problem.
And all such food and goods would be easily replaced with other products derived from plant sources. We have plant ice cream. We have plant artificial chicken. We have plant hamburgers. We have plant plastics, and plant seat coverings, and plant-any-goddamn-thing-you-want.
This is where the culture thing comes in. We would be wrong to affect other cultures' economies just because we changed our moral standards on the values of meat and animal products.
In 2001, the US exported about $2.5 billion worth of beef and imported about about the same amount. In contrast, the computer gaming industry is good for about$30 billion worldwide, about $10 billion of it in the US. You're totally right -- if we stopped eating beef, the entire economy would certainly collapse! - Warren #### Ad Infinitum NAU chroot said: Please name this mythical human. I know several people that (psychologically) need meat to survive. They love it. There's no reason not to. chroot said: Because meat is tasty. You sit there and call me an idiot for my opinions, but you say that the reason nature includes carnivores and omnivores is that meat is tasty?? The only reason nature has allowed this to continue is because of taste?? That's ridiculous. if that were the case, then all animals would be sweet-potato-ores. I've seen many animals including my dog, my horse, etc eat sweet potatoes and love them because of their sweetness, their taste. But I still see my dog chowing down on rib bones and chasing the occasional mouse or rabbit. chroot said: By what logic do you assert that the decision to eat meat is "natural," and the decision to not eat meat is "unnatural?" The logic of.. logic. Take a look at nature.. Show me the carnivore that decides to not eat meat and change its diet. Show me the omnivore that decided to become herbivore/vegetarian/vegan. That's what im saying about it being 'unnatural'. You don't see, in nature, omnivores making decisions about changing their diets. chroot said: Perhaps you're confused, but a dictionary might help. An animal is an omnivore if it eats both meat and veggies. An animal is an herbivore if it eats only veggies. My friend Cindy is an herbivore. You seem to be caught in some circular logic: "some people eat meat, so humans must be omnivores. Since humans are omnivores, people must eat meat." If you really believe this logic, I pity you and any sadly ill-equipped little offspring you'll ever trick a woman into bearing for you. I'm not confused at all. Humans are biologically omnivores. If we weren't we wouldn't need the teeth necessary for gnawing into meat. Also, please refrain from personal attacks. This forum is for discussion of a particular topic and the opinions thereof. NOT for discussion about your pity for my beliefs, my potential children, or any other personal factor. If you disagree with me so much that you have to resort to attacking my personal life, then maybe you should reserve your posts for private messages. Thank you. chroot said: If you're asserting "if it's good enough for animals, why isn't it good enough for us?" then you're an idiot. There's really no point in bringing lions and tigers into this discussion. Sure, lions and tigers eat meat, but they don't really have the gray matter to sit around pondering ethical questions. I'll turn the question around: if meat were necessary, why are there "so many" vegan people? Again, since this post is covering a topic of which many opinions are possible, do not call me an idiot for mine. If I were posting about how I think there is no such thing as gravity, or humans have 17 eyeballs, or bananas are really made out of helium zeppelins, then I would not mind being called an idiot. You, along with your companions, seem to think I am saying "you cannot survive being a vegan" .. for the last time, I AM NOT SAYING THIS. ALL i AM saying is that meat is necessary for survival. Whether it be for humans with a psychological disorder, or carnivorous lions, meat is necessary for survival. if humans did not ever need meat to survive, then why are we omnivores (quoting from you: "An animal is an omnivore if it eats both meat and veggies.")? chroot said: They are, in fact, stupid, as many people have pointed out. No one likes being stupid, but that doesn't make them any smarter. Again, echo echo echo. Do not call me stupid for having an opinion. I'm an athiest, but I do not call believers stupid. If you go around insulting people just for having a different opinion than you, then you are no better than a racist who vows all blacks are stupid becuase their pigment is different. chroot said: Since when has soybean farming produced more pollution than cattle farming? Do you have any clue how uninformed you are? :rofl: Did i say soybean farming? Thank you very much for inserting your own words into mine. By pollution, I meant the vitamin factories that would have to be erected, the millions of gallons of oil that would be used to make the bottles for supplements. Yes there are ways to not have to take supplements, but you know as well as I do that the majority of Americans do not stick to strict diets. Instead, they take the easy route. Bottled meals are huge. Not to mention the time and land value depreciation needed to convert many many many acres of farmland into soybean-ready fields. you can't just go anywhere and expect soybeans to grow. There's only certain areas capable of growing soybeans, whereas cattle can pretty much be grown anywhere, including desertland in Arizona. chroot said: In 2001, the US exported about$2.5 billion worth of beef and imported about about the same amount. In contrast, the computer gaming industry is good for about $30 billion worldwide, about$10 billion of it in the US.

You're totally right -- if we stopped eating beef, the entire economy would certainly collapse!

- Warren
Once again, i never said anything about the ENTIRE economy collapsing.. read again: """Think about how many jobs that would be lost, how many families destroyed ... if we stopped eating meat. Jobs that range from McDonald's drive-thru boy, all the way up to farmer Joe who owns 100 acres of beautiful farming land he uses to grow beef cattle, milk cattle, chickens, pigs, and even goats."""

no these farmers can't equally as well just grow soybeans. Like I said, soy doesn't grow everywhere. Also, I'd like to see you talk to the execs at McD's, BK, etc about changing their ingredients to full soy, no animal products.. Then watch as they laugh at you. These people made it big because of meat. Most casinos here in Vegas pull in a good amount of revenue due to their famous steaks, shrimp, etc buffets. Not to mention the elegant steak joints all around the country. Tony Roma's to name one. Most fast food joints and sit downers made it big because of meat. KFC, Taco Bell, McD's, Subway, Applebees, Carl's Jr., Arby's, Long john Silvers, etc etc etc.

chroot said:
In 2001, the US exported about $2.5 billion worth of beef and imported about about the same amount. In contrast, the computer gaming industry is good for about$30 billion worldwide, about \$10 billion of it in the US.

Besides, that statistic is for beef only. Don't forget chicken, pork, fish, and even goat.

Also, when I mentioned all the restaurants, I forgot about companies like Slim Jim, beef jerky makers, all the companies like Jimmy Dean... grocery stores also earn money through meat sales. The list goes on and on.. including sports events, and even fundraisers.. not to mention the quality time i was able to have with family members around a good old fashioned (culture-tradition) BBQ.. without meat, I would have missed out on those times. Yes, you are thinking "well you could have equally joined around for a soy burger". But that was not our tradition. That isn't/wasn't the tradition of millions of families throughout history.

#### chroot

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I know several people that (psychologically) need meat to survive.
And what would happen to these people if meat were not available? Would they implode? Explode? Catch fire?
You sit there and call me an idiot for my opinions, but you say that the reason nature includes carnivores and omnivores is that meat is tasty??
No, I said the reason humans eat meat is because it's tasty. There's no other reason to eat it. Unlike the lions and tigers of which you are so fond, we have the ability to produce non-animal foods that satisfy all our nutritional needs.
The only reason nature has allowed this to continue is because of taste?? That's ridiculous. if that were the case, then all animals would be sweet-potato-ores. I've seen many animals including my dog, my horse, etc eat sweet potatoes and love them because of their sweetness, their taste. But I still see my dog chowing down on rib bones and chasing the occasional mouse or rabbit.
Once again, why are we bringing lower animals into this discussion? They don't have technology or ethics. Who cares what your dog does? My dog has been known to occasionally eat his own poop.
Show me the omnivore that decided to become herbivore/vegetarian/vegan.
Cindy. Steve. Paul. David. Frank.
That's what im saying about it being 'unnatural'. You don't see, in nature, omnivores making decisions about changing their diets.
You also don't see, in nature, gazelles drinking double lattes at Starbucks and using laptop computers. You don't see monkey building houses out of wood and stone either, so I suppose we should stop those unnatural practices at once!
I'm not confused at all. Humans are biologically omnivores. If we weren't we wouldn't need the teeth necessary for gnawing into meat.
And we're biologically diggers, too, since we have those pretty fingernails. Why aren't you out digging for termites?
Also, please refrain from personal attacks. This forum is for discussion of a particular topic and the opinions thereof. NOT for discussion about your pity for my beliefs, my potential children, or any other personal factor. If you disagree with me so much that you have to resort to attacking my personal life, then maybe you should reserve your posts for private messages. Thank you.
Part of my responsibility to this forum is deal with people who do not argue coherently, because such people only cause harm in our community -- they start flame wars and other internet detritus. You are one such person.
You, along with your companions, seem to think I am saying "you cannot survive being a vegan" .. for the last time, I AM NOT SAYING THIS. ALL i AM saying is that meat is necessary for survival.
Wait..... hold on there, Einstein... let me get this straight. You're not saying that people can't survive being vegan..... you're just saying you have to eat meat to survive.

OH! Now I get it. :rofl:
Whether it be for humans with a psychological disorder, or carnivorous lions, meat is necessary for survival.
Some people are addicted to cocaine. I suppose that means we cannot try to rid the world of cocaine, because it would be tough on those poor cocaine addicts eh? We could deal with any "meat addiction" in the same way we routinely deal with any other addiction. Addictions don't kill people. People don't go *poof* and disappear when they no longer have any snort. Besides, this argument is very specious: show me a case study of one person who is psychologically addicted to meat.
if humans did not ever need meat to survive, then why are we omnivores (quoting from you: "An animal is an omnivore if it eats both meat and veggies.")?
Some of us are not omnivores, by definition. Some of us do not eat meat, and thus are herbivores. We are perhaps the first species with the sentience to make such a decision consciously. Why should we not use that sentience?
Do not call me stupid for having an opinion.
Your opinion is not logically sound, and you continue to defend it with increasingly bizarre extrema. Thus, you are stupid. Exempli gratia:
By pollution, I meant the vitamin factories that would have to be erected, the millions of gallons of oil that would be used to make the bottles for supplements.
:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: This is the single most retarded argument I have ever heard in my entire life, Ad Infinitum! You have absolutely taken the Stupid Cake today. Wow! All those VITAMIN FACTORIES?!?! All those PLASTIC BOTTLES?!?!?!

43% of Americans have used a prescription drug within the last 30 days (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/drugs.htm). Last I checked, these drugs are made in similar factories, and the bottles are almost universally dispensed in plastic. Boy, you're right, if everyone had to take a pill every day, that'd change everything! We'd be up to our ears in used plastic bottles! :rofl: :rofl:

EVEN IF, in the extreme case, every man, woman, and child had to take a vitamin supplement, and these vitamins came in disposable 30-day supply bottles each weighing about 10 grams, we'd be throwing away roughly 40,000 tons of plastic bottles yearly. Compare this to the approximately 229 million tons of garbage we throw away annually (http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/muncpl/facts.htm [Broken]). That's right, wow, those plastic bottles would amount to approximately two hundredths of one percent of what Americans currently throw away annually. That'd certainly choke the system!

(Let's not even mention the fact that these bottles could be quite easily recycled. I've never seen a hyena recycle a plastic bottle, so why should we?)
Yes there are ways to not have to take supplements, but you know as well as I do that the majority of Americans do not stick to strict diets.
Actually, none of the vegans I know take supplements. They simply know how to eat properly. :rofl:
you can't just go anywhere and expect soybeans to grow. There's only certain areas capable of growing soybeans, whereas cattle can pretty much be grown anywhere, including desertland in Arizona.
Excuse me? Cattle can be grown in places where vegetables cannot? :rofl:

It takes an estimated 4.8 pounds of grain, 390 gallons of water, and .25 gallons of gasoline to produce a pound of beef. (http://www.factoryfarm.org/topics/cattle/ [Broken])

Somehow this mythical desert location has to have a LOT of water and a LOT of food laying around. Kinda weird for a desert, isn't it?

Let's face it: cows are not efficient. You have to put 4.8 pounds of grain into a cow to get 1 pound of beef back. Obviously it would be a better use of our agricultural resources to just eat that grain directly, wouldn't it?

Why don't you understand that raising cattle uses far more resources than it returns?
Once again, i never said anything about the ENTIRE economy collapsing.. read again: """Think about how many jobs that would be lost, how many families destroyed ... if we stopped eating meat. Jobs that range from McDonald's drive-thru boy, all the way up to farmer Joe who owns 100 acres of beautiful farming land he uses to grow beef cattle, milk cattle, chickens, pigs, and even goats."""
And of course we should continue to eat meat, despite the environmental, ethical, and health effects -- because we need to make sure that poor teenager doesn't have to take a job at a juice bar or a bookstore.
no these farmers can't equally as well just grow soybeans.
Any location that can be used to raise cattle can be used to farm some vegetable. That's the plain fact. Cattle are actually given some of the most desirable land, because they are much less hardy than vegetation is. You seem to have this entirely backwards. I suggest an education.
Also, I'd like to see you talk to the execs at McD's, BK, etc about changing their ingredients to full soy, no animal products.. Then watch as they laugh at you. These people made it big because of meat. Most casinos here in Vegas pull in a good amount of revenue due to their famous steaks, shrimp, etc buffets. Not to mention the elegant steak joints all around the country. Tony Roma's to name one. Most fast food joints and sit downers made it big because of meat. KFC, Taco Bell, McD's, Subway, Applebees, Carl's Jr., Arby's, Long john Silvers, etc etc etc.
And thus we shouldn't eat meat, because it's our moral obligation to supprt McD's, Taco Bell, and Vegas casinos? Do you realize how ludicrous this argument is?

- Warren

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#### chroot

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not to mention the quality time i was able to have with family members around a good old fashioned (culture-tradition) BBQ.. without meat, I would have missed out on those times. Yes, you are thinking "well you could have equally joined around for a soy burger". But that was not our tradition. That isn't/wasn't the tradition of millions of families throughout history.
Certainly, it wasn't the family time that was important, it was the slab of dead pork you ate. Familial love just wouldn't be the same without dead animal carcass!

- Warren

chroot said:
Any location that can be used to raise cattle can be used to farm some vegetable. That's the plain fact. Cattle are actually given some of the most desirable land, because they are much less hardy than vegetation is. You seem to have this entirely backwards. I suggest an education
I have an education.. thank you. The "plain fact" is that you don't know much about farming. There are many many many places to raise cattle where no vegetable can grow. You seem to be forgetting how advanced transportation is these days. We've got plenty of tractor trailers that are capable of hauling hay, grains, and oats to companies that make their earnings selling feed to cattle farmers in rough locations, such as Arizona deserts. Cattle can be raised anywhere that a diesel can travel. However vegetables like soy, corn, alfalfa, etc require specific land and soil conditions to thrive.

chroot said:
Part of my responsibility to this forum is deal with people who do not argue coherently, because such people only cause harm in our community -- they start flame wars and other internet detritus. You are one such person.

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#### JD

Speaking of flames, I think that flame grilled chicken wings would be good at this juncture. Hmmmmmmm.....

Though obviously not from KFC.

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#### physicsisphirst

Hurkyl said:
That's a ridiculously oversimplified statement, and you know it. :tongue2:
warren's statement

We put a large portion of that capacity into raising animals instead (because they're so tasty) and let the majority of the world's poor go hungry.

is neither ridiculous nor oversimplified.

a large percent of the pop don't get to eat (much less eat meat). one of the reasons for this is that in their efforts to remain affluent, certain segments of society would rather get things cheaply for themselves even at the expense of suffering elsewhere.

some people starve not just because other people eat too much, but because they find it cheaper to throw resources away rather than redistribute them.

in friendship,

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#### Hurkyl

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a large percent of the pop don't get to eat (much less eat meat). one of the reasons for this is that in their efforts to remain affluent, certain segments of society would rather get things cheaply for themselves even at the expense of suffering elsewhere.

some people starve not just because other people eat too much, but because they find it cheaper to throw resources away rather than redistribute them.
This is ridiculously oversimplified as well. You make it sound as if we could simply package up some food, send it to Somalia, and then everybody would eat for that month. You neglect the local government (or lack thereof) that lies between our food packages and the populace.

#### physicsisphirst

Hurkyl said:
This is ridiculously oversimplified as well. You make it sound as if we could simply package up some food, send it to Somalia, and then everybody would eat for that month. You neglect the local government (or lack thereof) that lies between our food packages and the populace.
the issue isn't a matter of bureaucratic logistics, nor am i saying that sending food would solve the starvation problem. So I'm not necessarily disagreeing with you on those specifics.

The issue at hand has to do with the criticism of Warren's statement:

We put a large portion of that capacity into raising animals instead (because they're so tasty) and let the majority of the world's poor go hungry.

For instance, we can also argue in a ridiculously simplified fashion that your food packages would not feed the hungry in Somalia because they get contaminated, or stolen, or eaten by someone else, or spontaneously combust, or crushed by some large object from space, but these fantastic possibilities do not change the fact that there is food to feed the hungry in Somalia (or wherever) that is being used up on cattle so that certain people can eat meat.

Now before you comment again on how ridiculously oversimplified, the above (admittedly) ridiculously oversimplified arguments really are, please consider that one of the reasons things don't get done is that we stop at the obstacles, rather than figure out how to implement the solutions.

Warren's statement essentially does claim and quite accurately that diverting our efforts away from sprouting meat, can produce more food for the pop. This really cannot be argued to the contrary since it is simply a matter of joules. For instance, if one were really interested in feeding the hungry of the world, what makes more sense - feed them grain or feed them meat? Furthermore, when you look at the destruction caused to the environment (often in the vicinity of the starving) as well as who the meat is going to go to, it is not hard to see that his statement is completely valid.

To argue that there exist a variety of other problems causing the starvation of the poor, is irrelevant to the validity of Warren's point.

in friendship,

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#### Hurkyl

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Warren's statement essentially does claim and quite accurately that diverting our efforts away from sprouting meat, can produce more food for the pop.
Warren's post does claim that we could produce more food if we didn't spend effort producing meat.

The statement under discussion:

We put a large portion of that capacity into raising animals instead (because they're so tasty) and let the majority of the world's poor go hungry.
does not. By juxtaposition, this statement insinuates that, if we did not put a large portion of that capacity into raising anamals, the majority of the world's poor would not go hungry.

That is to what I object.

To the contrary, Chroot's post suggests we have enough agricultural capacity to overfeed everybody on earth by a good amount! There is plenty of food to spare on meat production.

And this isn't just theory; even now we don't use our full agricultural capacity. We don't have to reduce meat production in order to increase food production.

#### Dissident Dan

I have an education.. thank you. The "plain fact" is that you don't know much about farming. There are many many many places to raise cattle where no vegetable can grow. You seem to be forgetting how advanced transportation is these days. We've got plenty of tractor trailers that are capable of hauling hay, grains, and oats to companies that make their earnings selling feed to cattle farmers in rough locations, such as Arizona deserts. Cattle can be raised anywhere that a diesel can travel. However vegetables like soy, corn, alfalfa, etc require specific land and soil conditions to thrive.
....which means that not only are they using the land their bodies are walking on, but also the land used to grow the plants transported there, which negates your argument.

Anyway, this thread is about chickens, which are raised indoors, mainly on the East Coast, it seems.

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#### physicsisphirst

Hurkyl said:
To the contrary, Chroot's post suggests we have enough agricultural capacity to overfeed everybody on earth by a good amount!
if you argue that, i can't disagree too much since a lot of grain is thrown away. however, that is a different line of reasoning than what you originally took in that you claimed his statement was a simplification.

Hurkyl said:
even now we don't use our full agricultural capacity. We don't have to reduce meat production in order to increase food production.
the first part is true, but the second may not be. if you reduce meat production, you most certainly can increase food production (though this can admittedly be done without reducing meat production).

however, the real point of his statement boils down to

1) efficient use of resources. meat production really isn't efficient (never mind the environmental hazards). furthermore, using the grain to feed animals the way that it is done really isn't taking a long range view. you may claim that right now we have the ability to grow grain enough to feed all these animals and all the people, but this rate of production isn't particularly sustainable which is why new ground is regularly cleared. so warren's statement is still valid in the longer perspective.

2) general affluence, in that some seem to think that it is just fine to get whatever we can out of the earth for ourselves right now because it suits our fancy, without any consideration to what is happening to others. if a small part of the pop takes as much as it can - and meat production takes a lot - then there will be less to go around for the rest. the solution when you are using more than your fair share may not be to increase production, but to reduce consumption.

i do not find warren's statement to be 'ridiculously oversimplified' at all. rather the real oversimplification is in interpreting it as if we reduce meat production, then we will feed the hungry of the world - which isn't what it is really saying (or even insinuating, imo).

if we look at the implications of his statement as it relates to resources, affluence and our attitudes, it is actually rather profound.

in friendship,

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#### Hurkyl

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If you argue that, i can't disagree too much since a lot of grain is thrown away. however, that is a different line of reasoning than what you originally took in that you claimed his statement was a simplification.
I never wanted to bother arguing whether his statement was right or wrong: I was merely trying to point out that there was an important issue being ignored.

I changed my tack because I thought this would be more clear if I produced a counterargument.

Hurkyl said:
even now we don't use our full agricultural capacity. We don't have to reduce meat production in order to increase food production.
physicsisphirst said:
the first part is true, but the second may not be. if you reduce meat production, you most certainly can increase food production (though this can admittedly be done without reducing meat production).
Why would you say the second may not be true when you agree with it in the next sentence?

1) ...
2) ...
Now try arguing those points again, but this time considering that, even though the US produces meat, we still:
(a) Overfeed our people.
(b) Have significant agricultural exports.
(c) Leave farmland idle.

Your points are certainly valid in a world where every last square inch is being used to produce food, none goes to waste, and we still can't keep up with demand. However, that world is not reality.

I do not find warren's statement to be 'ridiculously oversimplified' at all...
Let me get this straight. Do you argue:

"Warren does not suggest that if we did not use grains to produce meat, then more people would be fed."

#### physicsisphirst

Hurkyl said:
I never wanted to bother arguing whether his statement was right or wrong: I was merely trying to point out that there was an important issue being ignored.
fair enough, but i think that happened because of the misinterpretation of the warren's idea to if we reduce meat production, then we will feed the hungry of the world.

now having said this i acknowledge that i may be misinterpreting what he is saying too and that this is exactly what he means. however, i think the gist of his statement is something to the effect as i have argued above and can perhaps be more simply stated as something like if we reduce meat production, then we increase our capacity for food production and therefore have a better shot at feeding the hungry of the world.

Hurkyl said:
Why would you say the second may not be true when you agree with it in the next sentence? [specifically] even now we don't use our full agricultural capacity. We don't have to reduce meat production in order to increase food production.
you are correct. i didn't phrase that very well (i was probably thinking of the nature of food production increase). the idea of course was to have been that while you can increase food production in other ways, reduction of meat production will make a major contribution to the cause by not using up this capacity. sorry for the confusion.

Hurkyl said:
Now try arguing those points again, but this time considering that, even though the US produces meat, we still:
(a) Overfeed our people.
(b) Have significant agricultural exports.
(c) Leave farmland idle.
i did argue in light of these points above. what we have is a lot of wastage admittedly, but that does not justify misusing our resources. even if we eliminated all wastage, got the idle farmland going again and got the excess food to the starving of the world, it still doesn't change the reality that we are dumping enormous resources into producing a form of food that doesn't give us an efficient bang for the buck. the wastage is not only the stuff that gets 'thrown away' through overfeeding or dumping (through exports or otherwise). a lot more is wasted in the production of these billions of carcasses.

Hurkyl said:
Your points are certainly valid in a world where every last square inch is being used to produce food, none goes to waste, and we still can't keep up with demand. However, that world is not reality.
i do not not think we need to wait for that extreme. for instance, one of the reasons that every square inch of farmland isn't going to be utilized is that we have already used up the watertable in parts of the US. there is more involved here than saying we can produce, therefore we shall!

anyway, i think we have strayed somewhat off topic (i admit it was my fault since i questioned your statement originally) and DD may be understandably upset with us. if my answers are sufficient for you, i suggest we get back to the topic of the thread. otherwise, if you want to continue (eg elaboration on the water table or consumption of resources), we probably ought to do so in the Should we eat meat thread.

in friendship,

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