Economics and the vegetarian

Discussion in 'Vegetarian' started by swimminthefish, Jan 3, 2005.

  1. swimminthefish

    swimminthefish Member

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    The argument that "100 million people could
    be fed using land that is currently used
    to feed cattle" is not that simple. In theory
    it makes sense, but at this very moment
    countless usable fields lie fallow by request of the
    government. The government actually pays farmers
    not to plant any crops in order to prevent a surplus
    in the market: supply and demand remains stable
    and the economy with it.

    Furthermore, if the farmer does plant and harvest, he
    often takes only the grade A produce and discards
    the rest.

    It is good for business, but bad for the millions of starving people;
    Just another maddening irony in our world.
  2. gertie

    gertie Senior Member

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    good for business is too often bad for people.

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