[Marxism] American Meat; The Revolutionary

Tom Cod tomcod3 at gmail.com
Sat Apr 13 15:37:02 MDT 2013

huh, are you sure that's an authentic quote?  By that logic, flesh
eating predators then and now, like T-Rex, are more advanced than
humans.  Moreover, it seems that as humankind moved from a hunter
gather state to settled agricultural life, an increase in plant foods
was accomplished.  In reality, however, most people in the Third World
still have a mostly plant based diet with some meat.  It is only in
the advanced industrial world that heavy meat consumption exists with
its attendant health, environmental and animal welfare hazards.  But
hey, that's "progress" per corporate capitalism: to go to any extreme
length to suck out the last cent of profit from the earth and its
inhabitants, human and animal.  In Marx's day,  rich capitalists and
merchants actually flaunted their obesity as a sign of their wealth.
In any event, the basic economics of excessive rearing of livestock
for food don't add up.  2000 calories of food grain has to be invested
for even calorie of beef, unless of course you go grass fed.  Leaving
aside sentimental moral concerns, an argument regarding human health
and the tearing up of range land could be made there as well.

On Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 2:34 PM, Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com> wrote:

>         A meat diet contained in an almost ready state the most essential
> ingredients required by the organism for its metabolism. By shortening the
> time required for digestion, it also shortened the other vegetative bodily
> processes that correspond to those of plant life, and thus gained further
> time, material and desire for the active manifestation of animal life
> proper. And the farther man in the making moved from the vegetable kingdom
> the higher he rose above the animal.
> –Frederick Engels, The Part played by Labour in the Transition from Ape to
> Man

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