DiscoverFreakonomics Radio367. The Future of Meat (Rebroadcast)
367. The Future of Meat (Rebroadcast)

367. The Future of Meat (Rebroadcast)

Update: 2019-08-2951
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Global demand for beef, chicken, and pork continues to rise. So do concerns about environmental and other costs. Will reconciling these two forces be possible — or, even better, Impossible™?

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Cody Buttron

Being the son of a farmer/rancher(f/r) I sympathize with meat producers, but I see the need and desire for these meat alternatives to find their way into the food economy. In addition the environmental issues will dramatically effect the ability of f/r to produce cattle and plants. In order to not destroy these people economically we need to turn them into energy producers and premium product producers. One of the most valuable products f/r already have is land, land can be used to produce solar and wind energy, subsidies can be given to struggling f/r to convert their land to alternative energy space like the CRP program that preserved grassland to prevent the resurgence of the dust bowl issue. Secondly naturally produced beef can be considered a premium product that demands a higher price for a reduced volume. Obviously I am not an economist and have no data to even suggest this is a solution it is just and idea that will hopefully spark another idea to find a way to make the world better for everyone without leaving others behind.

Sep 26th
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Nicola Dennis

I have my doubts that the broadacre cropping of multiple ingredients to make a fake meat burger is more efficient/less harmful than cattle grazing on uncroppable land...but good luck to them anyway!

Sep 20th
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367. The Future of Meat (Rebroadcast)

367. The Future of Meat (Rebroadcast)