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Anyone read 'Consuming Culture: Why You Eat What You Eat' by Jeremy MacClancy? He outlines several of arguments people use for and against vegetarianism.

Here's one of the arguments against the view that vegetarianism uses land more effectively:

As much as 60% of all animal protein produced in the world today comes from animals left to wander on non-arable land, where geographer Calvin Schwabe has argued animals can convert scattered plant life into food.(paraphrased)

I'm sure this doesn't apply to American farms. Plus, wouldn't using that other 40% differently make a HUGE difference? Also, this doesn't take into account all the space needed to grow the grains the other 40% of animals eat.

It's an interesting book, but a bit stomach churning at times, what with the recipes for stewed cat and so forth
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