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I understand your point, but going from today's 6.5 billion to 20 billion is beyond even my long term comments (and a diversion from discussion).

Meanwhile, just in average numbers, a unit of meat protein takes 7 times more water, 7 times more grain input, 7 times the land and creates (to use a technical term for it) a shitload of detritus, much of it not on the list of cool things to have around.

Now, I don't want to highjack this thread with a holistic rant, but it does have to do with world economics part 1. As I understand it, amino acids are amino acids, no difference between beef amino acids (and thereby, beef proteins) and vegetable amino acids (and thereby vegi-proteins.) But the stuff that comes along with modern beef production (hormones, pesticides, cutting out the bad parts instead of turning away the entire cow) and the stuff that comes along with eating beef proteins such as the great tasting fats and the cooked nitates that turn to nitrites, the aforementioned hormones and other exciting chemicals that come with the execution, the are causing cancer and other health issues that the collective pays for...a blot on our quality of life from the get-go.

I cannot extrapolate to 20 billion. Nor do I have the time to multiply out and prove that the amount of food that can be sustained without petroleum-based fertilizers is much higher than 900 calories per person well into the future. But the back of the napkin says that we can do better for everyone beyond - well beyond mere survival.

Never underestimate their intelligence, always underestimate their knowledge.

Frank Delaney ~ Ireland

by siegestate (siegestate or beyondwarispeace.com) on Tue Jan 13th, 2009 at 07:38:23 PM EST
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There is still an upper bound on the number of humans that can be put on this planet.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Tue Jan 13th, 2009 at 07:47:53 PM EST
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