but about the beef, the resources that go into raising meat are pretty significant. with a tree, grown on a farm, the only resources you use is trucking that tree to a selling point, plus maybe watering it? maybe some chemicals to fertilize the soil/kill pests.
think about what you need to raise a cow, how many pounds of meat one eats in a week, how many parts of that cow are actually consumed, how much did that cow eat during its life time, and the resources that went into growing food for that cow.
a bit veg. crazy sounding, but you asked:
Arh that tree and bestbuy part was ... I don't know where I was going. I guess I was talking about the balance between the meaning of a festival VS rationalizing everything down to the molecule.
Anyways, you want to hear why I use the user name m_cow?
Well, this is exactly why. People look at numbers and get all edgy. "OMG eating beef is bad" "OMG cows pass too much green house gases!!!"
It's not the cow's fault! Look at how people raise lifestocks hundreds or even thousands of years ago. Then compare it to how they raise them now... wait, that's not the point.
Look at how consumers are demanding their food today! Speed, performance, quantity, convenience.... you name it. Food suppliers need to satisfy the demand, therefore do what it takes to bring us our convenient beef at when or wherever we want. Before you know it, everything we eat becomes mass produced, from groceries to Big Macs to your "gourmet" restaurants. Stop eating beef will not solve the problem, but will upset the balance.
What we need to do is to demand good beef. Beef from cows that grow up listening to classical musics. If the Japanese can do it, why can't the rest of the world? Again, it's about the consciousness of the consumer, and we as designers can help to cultivate that.
Oh BTW, maybe you should learn to eat like Chinese. We don't waste a single part of the animal, from the brain to the eye balls(high in protein) to the bones, tail, tongue etc, then we give whatever's left to dogs and pigs.
The next time you go to the grocery store, take a look at how much pineapples have been wasted just because the consumers want their pineapples to be perfectly cut( OMG Pineapples are horrible!!), sitting nicely and uniformly in a can or plastic container. Learn how to slice a pineapple!!!