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  •  People will have to quit eating meat (0+ / 0-)

    if you really want the cattle grazing on public lands to be stopped.

    •  No, they will just have to pay a higher monetary (1+ / 0-)
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      cost.  Paying a higher health cost (at least in so-called first world countries this has been a result of a "better" diet) and higher environmental costs (habitat destruction of native species like the desert tortoise) are already accepted.  Now it's time for the free market price of beef to kick in and go up as a possible consequence.

      •  There is not enough private land (0+ / 0-)

        to support all the cattle we presently have grazing. You would have to have CAFOs to feed them.

        Of course, an end to grazing would probably mean opening up a lot of public land to mining and drilling interests instead.

    •  Wise choice for so many reasons. (1+ / 0-)
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      Won't happen, obviously.

      Tar sands, fracking and deep water drilling are expensive. Crude oil price exceeded $100/bbl in 2008 where it still hovers. NH₃ based fertilizer feeds an estimated ⅓ of the world with the Haber-Bosch process using natural gas as a feedstock.

      by FrY10cK on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 04:57:48 AM PDT

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