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  •  The true cost of food does not include (6+ / 0-)

    all of the externalized costs that you described. (This is similar to the externalized costs of electricity generated by burning coal.)

    The costs associated with the corn/soybean/2000-mile-tomato system are also reflected in the costs of meat production. Indeed, most of corn production is converted to meat. (About 40% is used to produce ethanol for fuel.) I love this video about the true cost of hamburger:

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      CA wildwoman

      the true cost of a pork chop?

      It's better with butter!

      by Robert Helmuth on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 07:22:25 PM PST

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      •  Good question. Many of the same concerns (1+ / 0-)
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        apply to hogs as with cows. The main difference is that hogs are not ruminants, so the produce less methane. They also require less space.

        Hogs (as well as chickens) are still part of the same inefficient, polluting corn-to-meat system. (Inefficient in comparison to protein from plants.)

        There are about 30,000 hogs in confinements within 4 miles south of me. I can tell when the wind is from the south, especially if someone is spreading manure. There are also a lot of big, open cattle feedlots in my county.

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