If more Americans started eating a Paleo diet would it cause a shortage of grass fed beef, organic vegetables, pasture eggs, raw milk, etc.
Do you think about the supply and demand of Paleo foods before telling everyone you know about the benefits of eating Paleo?
Ack, I WISH we had this problem. The truth is that most grass fed beef farmers are not exactly raking in the dough, but there actually is a supply problem already. I am estimating, based on my own business, that demand already exceeds supply, but there is a bottleneck in the middle- processing, transportation, and distribution. We badly need infrastructural investment. Sadly, some of this is because in the 80s and 90s the government made these regulations that were based on what is appropriate for industrial producers. A lot of middlemen went out of business because of it and small slaughterhouses remain scarce. Things are getting better, but there is a lot of work to do. In general, with more consumer interest, there is more investment and thus the supply increases, we just need to smooth out bottlenecks caused by the government's bad policy.
But I sincerely doubt most Americans want to eat this way. Whenever I help organize a tech conference I try to suggest that we have other food besides bagels and pizza. People act like I'm nuts. One guy said "pizza and bagels is working for us, why spend more money?" I suppose they don't know or don't want to believe that those things aren't good for them because they are appealing and cheap.
Nope...make your own choices. Information should be shared freely. What conclusions you come to and how you act on them are what make you an individual. Priorities are key. Some people will unabashadly sit there with a 200 dollar tv bill, 100 dollar internet bill, and eat out for 400 dollars a month and tell you most sincerely that buying grass fed meat is too expensive! Priorities...bottom line. Between quality food that sustains life, or lets face it, worthless entertainment that my be completely draining you physically and/or mentally. This is a short list of places where spending could be curbed to provide better food choices, I'm sure we could all think of much more.
I think of it every time. However, I would feel like a greedy creep keeping this wonderful truth a secret just so I can have a good deal on good food. I figure there will be a " lag time" where prices go up, but the industry will follow demand. Perhaps I'm being too optimistic, but if enough people start asking for grass fed beef, etc. perhaps more ranchers will go back to "old fashioned" production methods?
My warped opinion: I think a paleo diet for 7 billion people, ok sorry, 300+ million Americans, is unsustainable. Even atm, with super hybrid cereal production, enormous amounts of people (on the planet) starve.
Have to go back to the reason for the Neolithic age itself. Overpopulation, mainly of herds (and tribes) and subsequent lack of and competition for grazing, having to move ever so much farther to find suitable grazing. It became easier to settle in one spot and grow food, both for the people and the animals.
Although on the American continent the native Americans seemed to be in ecological harmony with a paleo lifestyle... there was constant warfare over territory.
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