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But these idiocies, Fairlie shows, are not arguments against all meat eating, but arguments against the current farming model. He demonstrates that we’ve been using the wrong comparison to judge the efficiency of meat production. Instead of citing a simple conversion rate of feed into meat, we should be comparing the amount of land required to grow meat with the land needed to grow plant products of the same nutritional value to humans. The results are radically different.

If pigs are fed on residues and waste, and cattle on straw, stovers and grass from fallows and rangelands — food for which humans don’t compete — meat becomes a very efficient means of food production. Even though it is tilted by the profligate use of grain in rich countries, the global average conversion ratio of useful plant food to useful meat is not the 5:1 or 10:1 cited by almost everyone, but less than 2:1. If we stopped feeding edible grain to animals, we could still produce around half the current global meat supply with no loss to human nutrition: in fact it’s a significant net gain.

Simon Fairlie via Kottke (and The Guardian)


At 180 bpm, shangaan combines MIDI keyboards with marimba beats, distorted vocal samples and lyrics that Honest Jon’s, the record label which is putting out a compilation, described as “African soap operas, tied up with domestic matters and a yearning for the slower life”.

(via The Guardian)

On the website I found this I heard the music compared to Dan Deacon, and I’m right with that. It’s like somehow they made Dan Deacon more “authentic.”

via Bleeding Panda (the album is here as well)

01. BBC – Ngunyuta Dance (The Shake-Your-Behind Dance)
02. Tshetsha Boys – Nwa Pfundla (Pfundla’s Daughter)
03. Mancingelani – Vana Vasesi (My Sister’s Children)
04. Zinja Hlungwani – Ntombi Ya Mugaza (Shangaan Woman)
05. BBC – Ngozi (Danger)
06. Zinja Hlungwani – Nwa Gezani (Gezani’s Daughter)
07. Tiyiselani Vomaseve – Vanghoma
08. Nka Mwewe – Khulumani (Let’s Talk)
09. Tiyiselani Vomaseve – Na Xaniseka (I’m Suffering)
10. Zinja Hlungwani – Nwa Gezani My Love (Gezani’s Daughter, My Love)
11. Tshetsha Boys – Uya Kwihi Ka Rose (Rose, Where Are You Going?)
12. Zinja Hlungwani – Thula (So Quiet)