Out with the bull?

Started Jul 22, 2014 | Discussions thread
peevee1 Veteran Member • Posts: 6,247
Re: Out with the bull?

Wheatfield7 wrote:

peevee1 wrote:

TonyC5D wrote:

peevee1 wrote:

jean bart wrote:

Which volume of dung does cattle produce before it gets slaughtered ?

Maybe people could be forced to eat their quota of dung along with the tenderloin steak ?

If you like the idea, why don't you the dung?

We pay for the land and the water when we buy steak. Yes, steak costs more than pork or chicken because of that.

Only about twice the cost of, say, pork. Not quite a reflection of the cost of production.

The price you see in the store is the reflection of the cost of production, transportation and keeping it on the shelf. This is how commodity markets work.

Don't forget about subsidies and other things that distort the end cost.

What subsidies significantly affect cost of beef compared to cost of pork and chicken?

Meat subsidies strip other food industries to the bone

If you think beef is part of a normal commodity market you are fooling yourself.

Yes it is a commodity. Many suppliers, many consumers, supply only limited by demand at the price - a classic commodity. There are some kinds like Kobe beef which are somewhat different, but they are marginal and insignificant for the market as a whole.

We would be far better off grazing other animals on the land.

No we would not. We would have less choice and variety. Nothing "better" about that.

Actually, yes we would. Given how inefficient cattle production is, from a cost/benefit POV,

Only if you consider less variety a benefit. Free market (which is efficient in this case) knows better what is better from the cost/benefit POV - enough people (like me) who consider extra cost more than worth extra variety. You may eat your cheap shitcage-grown chicken all day long - your choice.

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