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8 September 2012

Cynical Part Of Me Wants To Say That It

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Plattner{.author-photo}Adam Plattner{.author} - 2012-09-08 21:47:23-0400[

Cynical part of me wants to say that it makes sense that the Meat / diary is more heavily subsidized because of money to be made by large corporations so hence more lobbying.  But the website the first commenter posted as a source for this info graphic is very politically slanted, so who knows.

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Paul Frank{.author}[ - 2012-09-28 23:51:53-0400]{.time}

A Google image search led me to this NY Times article which discusses the chart:  \ \ I am surprised the Times piece doesn’t pick it up, but this style of graphic is considered misleading and is prohibited in any academic journals I am familiar with for instance.  To take the figure on the left, you’ll note that the lower brown portion of the graph actually exceeds the reported 73.80% of the height of the figure, but more importantly visual representation of a pyramidal solid greatly exaggerates the actual differences – by more than 10 to 1 according to my crude calculations.\ \ For what its worth, regarding the actual figures considered separately from their representations, as a vegetarian they are generally compatible with figures I have been hearing for years.  Truck farm vegetables have received neither the kind of political representation nor the accompanying subsidies that either the meat industry or the grain farmers that feed their animals have.  Grain farmers have been subsidized to let fields lay fallow for decades.

Adam Plattner{.author}[

Thanks for your feedback Paul, I had a feeling the visual representation was shewed, but the I wanted to learn more about the actual numbers involved.