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(Obamanomics in Action) Eat the Old: Could Mass Cannibalism Solve a Future Food Shortage?
Live Science ^ | October 28, 2011 | Adam Hadhazy

Posted on 10/28/2011 8:36:16 PM PDT by DogByte6RER

Eat the Old: Could Mass Cannibalism Solve a Future Food Shortage?

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The global human population is set to hit 7 billion on Oct. 31, and by century's end it will stand at 10 billion, according to the United Nations. That's a lot more mouths to feed.

There's a very good chance that generating food from traditional farming and livestock practices will not be able to keep pace with this boom. What if a worldwide food shortage were to become so terribly dire that people resorted to eating . . . people?

In such a dreadful event, the most-sensible first choice for meals might seem to be the elderly. After all, a fifth of those 10 billion humans will be at least 65 years old, and less physically able than the rest to contribute to what remains of society.

Mercifully, researchers say that feeding on the old – or, really, anyone – would not solve world hunger. In the short term, eating old people might satisfy the gruesome dilemma of how to feed the population and lower it at the same time. But cannibalism on a global scale could never work in the long term.

"If everyone is eating each other, the species won’t last very long," said James Cole of the University of Southampton 's Center for the Archaeology of Human Origins.

Part of the problem is that humans are just not very meaty compared with cows, pigs, deer and other animals. Even if we heavily supplemented our diet of human "long pork" with grains, we'd have to consume more fellow humans per year than we could ever hope to replace with new babies.

(Excerpt) Read more at livescience.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; Miscellaneous
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1 posted on 10/28/2011 8:36:21 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
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Oops ... Soylent Green is currently out of stock at: http://www.thinkgeek.com/caffeine/wacky-edibles/e9aa/?srp=1


2 posted on 10/28/2011 8:37:11 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER
just about every bad thing started out as grotesque speculation in the media.


3 posted on 10/28/2011 8:47:45 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (...then they came for the guitars, and we kicked their sorry faggot asses into the dust)
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To: DogByte6RER

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wT3wTiQAYrY


4 posted on 10/28/2011 8:50:21 PM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: DogByte6RER
There are no problems growing food for 10 billion people if EPA, regulations and
corrupt governments around the world don't deliberately prevent it.
Africa has always been starving, and will continue to do so, until the local potentates start
working for their people instead of lining their own Swiss bank accounts.

5 posted on 10/28/2011 8:55:29 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: DogByte6RER
There's a very good chance that generating food from traditional farming and livestock practices will not be able to keep pace with this boom.

Where does that fake factoid come from?

We can feed several billion more with slight advances.

And obviously, the bozo that wrote this doesn't realize that we've been making much more than slight advances for the last 100 years.

Think log curves.

/johnny

6 posted on 10/28/2011 8:55:44 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (gone Galt)
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To: DogByte6RER

“If everyone is eating each other, the species won’t last very long,”

Yet, Barney Frank still exists.


7 posted on 10/28/2011 9:08:42 PM PDT by Terry Mross (Where is the OPPOSITION party? I'll only vote for a SECOND party.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Does the report come with any recipes?


8 posted on 10/28/2011 9:12:40 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: DogByte6RER

Warning. Be damned careful about which old people you pick for lunch. Some of us armed to the teeth and are mean as tormented vipers.


9 posted on 10/28/2011 9:19:52 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: Terry Mross

Barney Frank’s partner consumes a little bit of Barney each night.


10 posted on 10/28/2011 9:25:47 PM PDT by Jonty30
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To: DogByte6RER

Obama will just keep redefining what “old people” mean. 70 one day, 35 the next.

“I had to eat Bobby, he was 10 but I’m 5. He was OLD!”


11 posted on 10/28/2011 9:28:31 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Oh horse shit!
We throw enough food out each day to feed a billion more people...
Then get the Governments off of peoples backs with all there OVER regulations and taxes and fees etc and they will be enough food. If not then we eat the politicians first..


12 posted on 10/28/2011 9:30:45 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: JRandomFreeper
"We can feed several billion more with slight advances.."

Well here is a hint on how many we can feed.

If we gather all the people in the world currently alive for one of those aerial group photos and you packed them in tightly they would cover an area less in size than the state of Rhode Island.

It takes less than 1 acre of farmland to feed a person for a year that means if we put all the people on one continent (say South America) everyone could live comfortably with plenty of room that would leave the rest of the entire planet to grow food in. The reason I use such an example is to give one an idea how big the planet is compared to the human population. (I am not advocating moving all the people around or anything its just so one can see that this crap about overpopulation is one of the biggest farces ever uttered.)

In other words there is plenty of space to grow food. Its just that most countries won't grow and produce enough food for themselves.

13 posted on 10/28/2011 9:49:01 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: DogByte6RER

Mmmmm ... Soylent Green ...."

14 posted on 10/28/2011 9:56:25 PM PDT by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: Mad Dawgg

Are there 7 billions of farmland in S. America? As opposed to acres of the Andes mountains or desert or Tierra del Fuego or flooded several months of the year Amazon river bottom?


15 posted on 10/28/2011 10:02:24 PM PDT by heartwood
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To: Bernard Marx

Warning. Be damned careful about which old people you pick for lunch. Some of us armed to the teeth and are mean as tormented vipers.

Mmmmmmmm...extra crunchy!


16 posted on 10/28/2011 10:09:44 PM PDT by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: DogByte6RER

But us skinnier old roosters are only good for soup, like our old hens. You gonna eat soup for decades, or what?


17 posted on 10/28/2011 10:16:33 PM PDT by familyop ("Dry land is not just our destination, it is our destiny!" --Deacon character, "Waterworld")
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To: Mad Dawgg

In other words there is plenty of space to grow food. Its just that most countries won’t grow and produce enough food for themselves.

You are right ofcouse, but, around here, most of the homes, stores and factorys are build on the flat and best agricultural land, as is the roads and airports an what have you, soon all agricultural land will be under concrete and pavement, you can’t grow good crops on rocky and poor soil, I could go on


18 posted on 10/28/2011 10:39:54 PM PDT by munin (s)
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To: heartwood

Except for thick alkali flats and the like, there’s farmland everywhere. Not much of the earth has a climate more brutally cold, dry and windy than mine.

People with a will to do so can install various kinds of water systems for wells or even desalinization plants. Most stories of local water shortages are false and are driven by corrupt political business agendas.

That’s why we’re eventually headed for technocracy...or else. For now, though, lazy-minded morons are most supported in leadership, academia and other comfortable positions. That’s the greatest current threat to the human population—not overpopulation.


19 posted on 10/28/2011 10:41:33 PM PDT by familyop ("Dry land is not just our destination, it is our destiny!" --Deacon character, "Waterworld")
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To: munin
"You are right ofcouse, but, around here, most of the homes, stores and factorys are build on the flat and best agricultural land, as is the roads and airports an what have you,..."

Most of our North American population is in the east, because our elite, close neighbors keep them regulated away from the West. About half of my State is government-owned, and the rest, too exclusive for lowland peasants from the arable east.

"...soon all agricultural land will be under concrete and pavement, you can’t grow good crops on rocky and poor soil, I could go on"

I looked at your FR page, and I'm south of you on the Range. I'm at over 9,000 feet elev. and can grow just about any garden vegetable despite the climate (freezes during summer, July hail storms, less than 13 inches of rain per year, winter temps. -35 F or lower, winter wind gusts over 100 mph, etc.).

As for your area, Germanic generations past did much farming up toward Bruderheim and the like. ...regulated out by environmentalists and animal worshipers, their children gone to the cities for lazier "service industry" incomes.

Another Freeper grows quite a garden each year in Alaska, very near the Yukon. Saskatchewan corporate socialists plotted, schemed and shut down the seed potato deal between farmers there and potato growers in Idaho years ago. ...could go on and on, but you see.

North and south of the border, we will use our resources and develop them...or else. We're not reproducing much, ourselves, but we have foreign hordes of cheap labor from the direction of the Equator to feed.


20 posted on 10/28/2011 11:07:35 PM PDT by familyop ("Dry land is not just our destination, it is our destiny!" --Deacon character, "Waterworld")
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To: DogByte6RER


21 posted on 10/28/2011 11:44:12 PM PDT by Iron Munro ('We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts; I support them.' -- Mitt Romney)
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To: familyop

If we make soup from crackers it does save a step in the process.


22 posted on 10/29/2011 12:01:29 AM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: heartwood

Those are nothing more than tech problems. Even the Sahara Desert could be recoverable if we were willing to take the time and money to do so.

If you add to that we could go vertical if we really needed to do so, we could conceivably grow fifty times the amount of food than we currently do now.


23 posted on 10/29/2011 12:22:50 AM PDT by Jonty30
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To: Jonty30

I guess they don’t want to tell you about irrigation.

The San Joaquin Valley known as the breadbasket of the world is actually irrigated desert.


24 posted on 10/29/2011 1:57:23 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: freekitty

That would be an example of a technical solution I mentioned.

When I mentioned going upwards, I was thinking anseering the question of what to do, if we inconcievably ran out of arable land.


25 posted on 10/29/2011 2:15:46 AM PDT by Jonty30
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To: DogByte6RER

Wash ‘em down with a nice chianti.


26 posted on 10/29/2011 6:33:46 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: BitWielder1

I’ve also read about the rise of urban gardens, plans for indoor greenhouses and urban homesteading - growing more food even in the city.


27 posted on 10/29/2011 6:36:40 AM PDT by tbw2
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To: JRandomFreeper

Funny thing is that another office at the UN is complaining about obesity in the developling world.

I still want a banner at the UN. For the first time in history, the poor in the world are FAT.


28 posted on 10/29/2011 7:24:22 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: heartwood
"Are there 7 billions of farmland in S. America? As opposed to acres of the Andes mountains or desert or Tierra del Fuego or flooded several months of the year Amazon river bottom?"

The idea of the example was to remove people from the rest of the continents to show there is nothing close to overpopulation. See the point made was to put all o the people in S America giving you the REST OF THE PLANET TO GROW FOOD ON. So I am not sure what point you are trying to by asking how much farmland in South America there is. But understand you don't need much land to feed a human. It takes less than an acre per person way less if you are efficient with its use.

The USA could easily feed the world with the available farmland and pastureland we have. But even in the area I live in much of the available land is not utilized. When I was a kid everyone in town had a garden of some sort. Now hardly any house in town does.

29 posted on 10/29/2011 7:52:43 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Bernard Marx

lol ... Maybe the brain dead 1960s era hippie liberals would be better prospects for the crackerhouse. Better yet, let’s just turn them into jerky! I have heard that the jerkification process renders the meat safe to eat.


30 posted on 10/29/2011 8:03:19 AM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: Bernard Marx

Yeh don’t mess with an old man he’ll just kill you. LOL!


31 posted on 10/29/2011 8:03:52 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: DogByte6RER

The article may be a trial balloon. I’m sure govt,s are considering it. Would solve a few other problems beside food shortages. Burial space is running out, and cremation pollutes, so eating the dead would solve those problems. And if people are offed when they reach 65, there would be no need for Medicare or Social Security.


32 posted on 10/29/2011 8:16:24 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: Iron Munro

great toon!


33 posted on 10/29/2011 9:10:35 AM PDT by algernonpj (He who pays the piper . . .)
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To: chessplayer
Photobucket Well ... there is already a trial baloon for Zombie Jerky
34 posted on 10/31/2011 7:24:59 AM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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