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  •  I've never heard 5 pounds (1+ / 0-)
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    I've heard 10-12.  In general when you move up the food chain (from producers like plants, to primary consumers like cows or deer, to secondary consumers like wolves or alligators) only about 10% of the calories travel.  For a wolf to get one calorie of deer meat the deer mush have eaten 10 calories of leaves, and the tree must have produced 100 calories worth of leaves over time to make that 10 calories the deer ate.

    "If you defeat a thousand opponents, you still have a thousand opponents. If you change a thousand minds, you have a thousand allies"

    by Donkey Hotey on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 05:49:11 PM PST

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    •  I haven't done the appropriate (0+ / 0-)

      research on this, probably should. I checked out of the death industry all those years ago, because I like critters. My dad told me that was the worst reason to become vegetarian, I still think it's the best. Health issues are gravy.

      I took some dumb intertoobs test some time back, found that despite my bad habits I'll live to be 99 or more. My sweet spousal unit (who is also extremely healthy) won't. Why the heck would I want to live decades beyond him? It's almost depressing to consider the possibility that I might be the last one standing.

      Our lives are limited in time, and aren't very long in the scheme of things. I've just wanted to live my life as an adventure, and that is how I view it. Adventures encompass tragedies, and lots of life's corners are tragic. Some supervene that by sheer amazement. All I've got is my life in time however long it lasts, I might as well invest it.

      In the end, if I'm ever asked, I'll say with total honesty "I tried - I did the best I could with what I had to work with." Maybe that'll be enough. Maybe not...

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