Thursday, February 12, 2009

Anti-Locavore Pork

Interesting post on Ethicurean justifying the importing of Midwestern pork to west coast restaurants. Arguments:
  • smaller carbon footprint (more efficient to ship pork than grain to feed pigs)
  • more efficient use of by-products
  • superior taste and texture
  • more humane (Temple Grandin has worked on Iowa slaughterhouses)
Sort of boils down to the economists "comparative advantage"--CA does grass well, not grain.

(The commenters say: well, Californians shouldn't eat pork. Or they should accept the ununiform taste and texture of pigs fed a varied diet.)

IMHO, if you accept these arguments, you accept something like a global agricultural system, because similar arguments can apply to other foodstuffs.

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