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kbog comments on Quantifying the Impact of Economic Growth on Meat Consumption - Effective Altruism Forum

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Comment author: kbog  (EA Profile) 22 December 2015 01:02:47PM *  5 points [-]

Impacts on developed society's economic progress are a long way removed from economic development in the developing world, and impacts on developed society's research progress from economic growth constitute another leap entirely. I can come up with countervailing scenarios too - "the expansion of high intensity, high efficiency African agriculture will lead to net exports that will outprice meat replacements." And so on and so forth.

It's totally disingenuous to shut down a discussion by claiming that the issue in question is less significant than something else. If you wanted to apply that strategy then you could find plenty of other discussion topics to be equally 'bizarre.' I'm not sure what to make of that accusation except to hope that you simply misinterpreted my original post where I said that I wasn't evaluating other possibly greater issues.

Comment author: Robert_Wiblin 22 December 2015 04:37:16PM *  1 point [-]

I'm not trying to shut down the discussion, I just think the concern about 'more meat eating' should be put in the context of a more comprehensive list of positive and negative flow-through effects of economic growth, in which it wouldn't particularly stand out.