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Slashdot reader mkwan writes: Economies are just a collection of processes that convert raw materials and labour into useful goods and services. By representing these processes as a series of equations and solving a humongous linear programming problem, it should be possible to maximize an economy’s GDP. 118 more words

Part 27,309 in our ongoing "What in hell is wrong with people?" series

The meat industry is an environmental, health, and humanitarian nightmare. The 2006 UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) report, “Livestock’s Long Shadow,” reported that “livestock production is one of the major causes of the world’s most pressing environmental problems, including global warming, land degradation, air and water pollution, and loss of biodiversity.” To cite just one example, the EPA estimates that animal agriculture produces 13% of all greenhouse gases, and… 385 more words

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