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The Meat Wall Equation

Posted in Burgers, Meat Devices, MEAT POLITICS with tags , , on May 30, 2008 by chomposaurus

It’s a relatively meatless Friday, so let’s take a moment to think about my favorite made up term, the Meat Wall, which is the invisible barrier made up of population and arable land that we are racing towards. Eventually, there will not be enough free land on Earth to raise the cows, pigs, chickens and kangaroos necessary to feed us meat at the levels we now expect. When will we reach that point, and what will happen? I’m not sure, but I think there must be a way to find out.

There will be another 3 billion people on earth by 2050, barring the rapid development of Martian colonies. Even if only a sixth of those new people can afford to eat at the current American rate of 2,920 oz. of meat per year, the world will need to produce 91 billion more pounds of meat by 2050. My friends, that is a lot of effing cows.

I’m not worried about the population outgrowing the total food supply – you can go talk to Thomas Malthus about that one.. I’m talking about a matter of preference and taste; people want more meat than they can have. Will meat prices go up, consumption go down or both? How will it change our culture? These questions are harder to answer.

But it is possible to judge just how finite meat is. If we know how much land a typical livestock animal needs, and we know how much total farming land is available, we can calculate the theoretical upper limit on the amount of animals the earth can sustain. Including ratios for types of animals, land used for waste, and, most importantly, level of meat consumption per capita, we could look at scenarios for when the earth would actually hit the meat wall.

Sadly, I’m not an economist. I’m a freelance meat writer. But on the odd chance that an economist stumbles upon this blog while searching for the best burger on Wall St., I challenge him or her to think about this equation. The future of our burgers, barring the development of an infinite cow machine or lunar beef dome, depends on it.

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Hitting The Meat Wall – A Conversation

Posted in Beef, MEAT POLITICS with tags , , , , on April 18, 2008 by chomposaurus

A conversation between me and my fellow meat patriot, P. Sundae.

me: america’s porn industry: paying for america’s war industry
is it possible for us to become a porn-based economy?

P. Sundae: do you ever think about the things that are wasteful to produce and try to distinguish them from the things that aren’t?
for example, food is a productive use of resources
but is soda?

me: but cheetos are not
it’s a hard question

P. Sundae: are we wealthier for producing coca cola?

me: the solution: hold a farmer’s market in your escalade

P. Sundae: as a nation, yes, as a world, no

me: interesting point
I’m interested in when we will hit the meat wall
when the worldwide demand for meat is simply greater than what the world can produce (without killing humans)

P. Sundae: haha, is that real?

me: I just made up the term “the meat wall”

P. Sundae: i’m going back to school to write a dissertation on the meat wall

me: but yes, there is the prospect of meat becoming super-expensive because of the exponentially growing demand of several emerging economies (china esp.)
the solution: moon cows

P. Sundae: haha

me: we’ll use the space elevator to bring the meat back from the lunar beef domes

P. Sundae: lol
you’re killing me here
no, don’t kill me
you just want my meat
the space elevator. ha

me: I love the space elevator

P. Sundae: you should turn “space elevator” into a sexual term
Dirty Sanchez, The Superman, The Cleveland Steamer, The Space Elevator

me: it could work
although “The Railgun” might be better

P. Sundae: lol