In addition, the amount of extra labor required
....if fairly distributed, creates employment, stimulates the economy (especially the informal economy), and gives more people a connection to nature. (Not that I'd personally want to do it, you understand, but it's a nice idea in theory.)
Most people would rather round up all the ecofreaks and dump them in the ocean than give up their meat, and that shows no sign of changing;
Most people, yes, but the number of people choosing vegetarianism or at least "cutting down on meat" has risen over the last few decades. Veganism has grown from almost zero (at least in the Western world) to millions of vegans today. There are a still a lot of people out there who are brainwashed by the animal industries, and, given the right information and arguments [see '101 Reasons Why I'm a Vegetarian'] could no doubt be persuaded to give up a few trivial pleasures and conveniences for the sake of reducing severe suffering. I'm fairly upbeat about it.
Are we also going to quit making cheese?
(face it, most people are not going to eat the one or two vegetables that provide calcium in anywhere near enough quantity to get what they need,)
That's what fast food is for. (I'm no raw food nutter, although one of my friends is.) New veggie foods are being developed all the time. And there are plenty of vegan recipes out there that are both delicious and highly nutritious.
We're omnivores by design
Are you saying this in a religious way or a Darwinian way? If the former, I'm not the one to argue that point. If the latter, we're not designed, period.
"Capitalism is the absurd belief that the worst of men, for the worst of reasons, will somehow work for the benefit of us all." -- John Maynard Keynes
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