[ExI] Paleo diet and sustainability

Samantha Atkins sjatkins at mac.com
Wed Apr 13 05:49:28 UTC 2011

On Apr 12, 2011, at 5:44 AM, Dave Sill wrote:

> On Mon, Apr 11, 2011 at 8:48 PM, Samantha Atkins <sjatkins at mac.com> wrote:
>> Wait a second.  To raise cattle takes a lot of agriculture to grow enough
>> vegetable matter to feed the cattle.
> Not true. Cattle and other ruminants require no agriculture, just wild
> forage.

That is grossly inefficient for the size of the modern appetite for meat.

> The vast herds of buffalo that used to live in North America,
> for example, weren't supported by agriculture. I can raise half a
> dozen cattle on my 10 acres of pasture with no agriculture whatsoever.

Sure.  Now try to scale it up..

>>  The amount of land needed for that is
>> roughly 17 times as large as that needed for just growing human consumable
>> vegetable matter on the same land.
> Citation required.

No, I have better things to do.


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