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#1 Robert Heinlein called this sort of thing years ago. It costs more money to raise animals (and farm in general) than it did years ago, farmers don't get the respect they once did, so fewer people go into farming and those who do work increasingly for Sovkhoz agribusiness. Add to that the fact that we're increasingly squeamish as a society when not murdering each other or playing computer games, and we find butchers and meat cutters becoming rarer. Mostly they've been replaced by machines, but somebody's got to herd the animals in to be slaughtered and it ain't gonna be Peace Studies majors.
Probably because of its increasing cost, paradoxically, people look increasingly for prime, rather than choice or grade A. The culture's pushing 'Angus beef,' implying it's better than prime. So what meat's sold is simply mislabeled.
You can't buy mutton anymore, and you have to search for a couple days to find lamb. Rabbit's almost gone from the meat locker, despite the fact that they're as easy to raise as chickens. Fishermen are admired from a distance but up close you can smell the fish and see the fish heads and scales and guts so proper liberal artists don't want to go into commercial fishing, or even go fishing because how would you feel with a hook through your cheek, being dragged away from all your fishy friends?
We now eat abominations like 'turkey bacon' and veggie burgers and substitute portobello mushrooms and tofu for real meat. Yeast vats and soylent green aren't too far in the future.
Posted by Fred 2012-11-11 09:49||
#2 It's part of an international campaign to cut down on meat consumption for health and environmental reasons
..or as inflation starts to bite, rationing. Let's make it that secular pseudo religious thingy to cover the failure of government policies.
Posted by Procopius2k 2012-11-11 09:51||
Posted by Frank G 2012-11-11 10:08||
#4 "Remember, Friday is Soylent Green Day"
Posted by Frank G 2012-11-11 10:33||
#5 Me to LA city council: F.U.
I guaran-goddam-tee you that the city council members will be chowing down on meat on Mondays.
Laws/resoluation are for the little people. >:-(
Posted by Barbara 2012-11-11 10:51||
#6 Probably because of its increasing cost, paradoxically, people look increasingly for prime, rather than choice or grade A. The culture's pushing 'Angus beef,' implying it's better than prime. So what meat's sold is simply mislabeled.
It's not a paradox, it's simple economics. The best Florida Oranges are not eaten in Florida, they are sent north, the freight & handling being the same for good or average oranges. The same holds true for tomatoes and shrimp :(
I guess we good the good Idaho potatoes here, but it's not much consolation really.
Posted by Shipman 2012-11-11 10:54||
#7 Glad I don't live in LA. But, in solidarity with the few people that aren't brain dead morons there, I will double my meat consumption on Monday.
I wonder if the city council even thought about the restaurants and fast food joints that will be hit by this.
Posted by DarthVader 2012-11-11 11:42||
#8 At what point do they pass an ordinance that fast food must close on Monday. Probably a decade away but I imagine its coming.
Of course California may collapse and everything turn sane as we dig our way through the economic rubble and try to put the place back together again. With a corrupt politician on every lamp post we might not have time to worry about meat mondays.
Posted by rjschwarz 2012-11-11 11:49||
#9 Part of me wonders why the environmentalists haven't pushed for more mutton and less cattle. They could then push to have more land given over to mutton production and curtail the growth of suburbs. I could be wrong but I think sheep do far less environmental damage.
We could then have shepherds bring flocks in to trim the grass on golf courses and in parks (the way they do on levees in Germany) and such to avoid the horrible power mowers. Yes, sheep droppings will be everywhere, but that is the cost of the environment.
Since mutton is somewhat tasteless the conversion to soy mutton would be easier for people to make when the time comes.
Posted by rjschwarz 2012-11-11 11:53||
#10 How about this: "Sacrifice a politician to Baal Day" on Tuesday?
Posted by Water Modem 2012-11-11 12:14||
#11 rjschwarz, sheep can actually do more damage. If they aren't kept moving from pasture to pasture, they will clip the grass down so low that it dies and then you have erosion to deal with as well. There is a reason beef is more popular in this country than sheep. Cattle are easier to raise with less land here.
Now in a country like Greece with those hills, sheep makes a lot more sense.
Posted by DarthVader 2012-11-11 13:03||
#12 Ima thinkrn Baal might get really pissed at the lack of quality
Posted by Frank G 2012-11-11 13:04||
#13 Be very careful, it may be Soylent Green. Next stop after the ObamaCare death panels.
Posted by JohnQC 2012-11-11 13:08||
#14 Sheep tear the grass from the ground. It dies.
Cattle and horses clip it above the root stem. It can regrow.
Posted by Skidmark 2012-11-11 14:38||
#15 I wrung out all the shit and there was nothing left?!?
Posted by Baal 2012-11-11 14:54||
#16 Time for civil disobedience. Eat meat on Mondays. Follow city councilmen and take pictures of them at local restaurants. Or, do guerilla theater: if a councilman is at a public event on a Monday, purchase a steak for him and have it delivered, "Compliments of the chef." If you run a food truck or hot dog stand, show up at City Hall at lunch time with your Sabrett's or Hebrew Nationals'. Gift your favorite councilman with a salami from Katz's. You know: "Send a salami to your boy in the Army."
Next, if you own a restaurant, ask the Institute for Justice to help you with a lawsuit, alleging restraint of trade. Start recall petitions. If you're a parent of a school-age child, pack a corned beef sandwich for his lunch. Drive the foodies nuts: add a Twinkie. After all, Twinkies are only illegal in San francisco.
If you're a kid, buy some brownies or cookies from the grocery or Costco. Package them for individual sale, and sell them to your fellow students. After all, capitalism is good. Tell your fellow students that you're not charging any sales tax.
#17 What if I don't eat meat on Mondays, but shoot all my deer and ducks and turkeys on Mondays? Is that OK?
Posted by no mo uro 2012-11-11 17:15||
#18 #16 Posted by: Eric Jablow. That is funny. We are a rebellious people from the time of our founders. We may have to stoke our rebellious nature again.
Posted by JohnQC 2012-11-11 18:46||
#19 I don't eat meat every day. But I certainly wouldn't allow a city council to tell me what I can eat and when.
Ah I forgot beer. Beer is classified as staple food in Bavaria.
Posted by European Conservative 2012-11-11 19:01||
#20 Because sending people to Gulags + Death Camps for opposing the State + State Socialism is less horrible to the Lefties than raising and later killing a cow for tasty steaks-n-burgers, aka CHEAP FOOD - D *** NG IT, YOU'RE HURTING THE COW'S FEELINGS BY FIRST ENSLAVING IT, AND THEN LATER AGAIN BY KILLING IT!
As per #18 + "rebellious natures", AT FREE REPUBLIC > looks like Petitions have been drawn to allow the US States of Lousiana + now Texas to formally withdraw or secede from the Union???
Posted by JosephMendiola 2012-11-11 22:16||