Knock on Economics and Veganism
I recently saw this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNzkC6xqn5E
I do not follow the YouTuber, Luke, but his video drew my attention to a reason to be vegan, which I had not come across until now. In his video, at around 7 minutes and 30 seconds in, Luke explains, briefly, about knock on economics ...
If a farmer raises a cow and it costs £50, then the farmer must make £51 from this cow in order to make a profit. Suppose the farmer makes the cow produce milk and then the farmer makes £40 from the dairy products - then the farmer only has to charge £11 for the cows meat. It appears as though, therefore, that meat is cheaper as, in a way, it has been subsidised by the dairy products. From this point, there is now cheaper meat on the market, which conceivably could lead to other farmers having to lower the prices of their meat to compete. Thus, the consumer can eat more meat as it is now cheaper. Which, in turn would lead to the demand for more cows being produced. This is what I, and Luke, understand by the term 'knock on economics'. Hence, vegetarians who consume dairy products, indirectly lower the price of meat.
Finally, I would also like to agree with Luke when he says that being vegetarian is better than eating meat, but is not a good end position. I.e. Vegetarianism is a good place to start on one's journey to veganism but not a great position altogether.
By Ian Harper