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AH - thought just popped into my head. With that s...

2008-05-15T11:58:00.000-04:00

AH - thought just popped into my head.
With that same graph (lbs of feed per lb of meat), I wonder how it might look calorically. Meaning, if we think about how many calories from feed equate to how many calories from meat (disregarding, for the moment, the energy inputs required to produce feed grains or raise/tend animals), how much do you think that picture changes? Looking only at pounds of feed doesn't really account for a.) animal fat having more calories than vegetable carbs, and b.) non-caloric fibrous portions of the feed.
I imagine there are even more ways to nuance this discussion, but it's always an interesting one to consider in light of arguments for or against a more global reliance on plant-based diets.



Thanks for the perspective, Parke. That little gra...

2008-05-15T11:43:00.000-04:00

Thanks for the perspective, Parke. That little graph of 'pounds of feed for 1 lb of meat' is itself worth a thousand (++) words. Do you have a sense of how much the corn/ethanol situation played into any reforms put forth in the Farm Bill debates?
- Aaron