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RE: [skeptics-137] On killing

From: Steve J
Sent on: Friday, January 25, 2013 4:29 AM
The common practice is to graze cattle at one per acre. That same acre could produce 125
That's what I was taught as a child, not sure that it has changed much.

From: Anna Smith
Sent: 1/24/2013 2:59 PM
To: [address removed]
Subject: [skeptics-137] On killing

I have been thinking about the idea of not killing animals for food, and I started wondering how many living things are killed when farming. A lot of times, the ground has to be burned first. Who knows how many animals that kills. Then the ground is tilled. I don't know figures, nor want to look them up, on how many insects, spiders, snakes, moles, mice, and baby bunnies there are in each acre of land, but i'm sure it is in the thousands. And then pesticides....unless you eat only organic. And more are killed when the crops are harvested. Is the life of a worm as valuable as the life of a cow? Or a snake or baby bunny as valuable as a chicken? Isn't it better, in the end, to kill the biggest things? That way less life is lost to feed more people.
(A bit tongue-in-cheek, but with a hint of seriousness.)

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