What I've been leading up to
with my previous two posts is Fairlie's distinction between what he
calls "default livestock" and luxury animals. By Fairlie's
definition, default livestock are the animals we could raise primarily
on byproducts, food waste, or uncultivable land, with seed meal being a
halfway house --- it is a byproduct, but is also valuable by
itself. The chart above shows that if we stuck to default
animals, especially if we exempt seed-meal-fed animals from our
calculations, we'd be using barely any land at all to produce our meat
and dairy products. Although Fairlie doesn't come right out and
say it, I'll go out on a limb and say that at the default animal level,
it's more efficient to eat meat than not. Beyond that, meat is an
inefficient use of land.
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