Intensive pecuary is waste of energy?

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manored
 
Reply Thu 5 Mar, 2009 12:29 pm
MJA's thread about not eating eat made me think about the methods we use for adquiring meat to eat, and this Idea struck me:

The whole point of raising animals to eat then is that the animals do most of the work for you. For example: Cows. Cows extract energy from the plants on the earth that we cannot eat, containing celulose, and transforms it into something that we can eat, that is, meat. So, there lies the point of keeping predators away from the cows and the cows away from predators. But if you feed the cows with food we could eat so it transforms it into something we like to eat more, it will be wasting most of the energy into that food in the form of corporal heat and movement wich will merely increase the temperature in the surrounding area, what is of very little use to us.

So, is intensive pecuary waste of energy? Discuss Smile
 
GoshisDead
 
Reply Thu 5 Mar, 2009 12:39 pm
@manored,
It is really a a question of surplus product versus surplus pleasure. At the point that we have created enough surplus product it seeps into the culture becoming a culture of surplus product, i.e. the "first world". After garnering a culture of surplus product we then hunger after surplus pleasure. Pleasure being non quanifiable makes it that hunger insatiable. In a summation of an example given by Salvoj Zizek, he takes coca cola as the ultimate form of surplus pleasure. It is a commodity that removes the nutiritional value of water and marks its price up exponetially. Its pleasure is taste, sugar calories, status, and caffein. In effect it is an empty pleasure for the very reason that it is surplus. This becomes even more absurd when we consider caffein free diet coke. Corn fed beef is much the same thing a complete waste of the energy required to raise the corn and feedlot the beef. And to make it more absurd its permiation institutionalization of the surplus pleasure agri(culture) has driven the price of grass fed and free range beef higher than that of corn fed beef. (edited sentence) In fact grass fed beef has flipped the script so to speak and become the delicacy (the surplus pleasure).
 
 

 
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