Vat Meat

Another way that Vat Meat will change our lives is the death of the leather industry as we know it.  Leather is currently a throw-away product of beef production:  hide producers are paid a pittance per hide, b/c it’s ubiquitous.

That changes dramatically once ranching becomes rare, and you’re either doing without leather, or else growing animals specifically for their skins.  Game-hides will go from “pick them up by the score from your local processor” to the most valuable asset the processor produces.

And that old leather coat’s going to start being worth BUXX.

Unless they actually decide to start vat-growing leather.  But why bother, when naugas are so cheap, and eat so little?

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  1. Shue

     /  November 18, 2009

    For lack of time, Timeaus only briefly mentions Atlantis, but Critias is where the full on descriptions are. I mostly read all this stuff last Christmas so I can’t quote everything, but I do know that NOTHING I read in the dialogues disqualified Richat as a possibility.

    The Richat structure has been known by the locals as a good place to colect salt, particularly in it’s gullies (evaporated sea water). It’s also roughly 30 miles in diameter, which is why it can only be identified from orbit.

    I leave you with these pictures:

    Monday I’ll give you more information. Please share with your wife, if she can somehow get a grant to go study it, I would love to join and be apart of it rather than watch some rich brat on TV descovering the most famous lost city in history.

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  2. convivialdingo

     /  November 19, 2009

    At least here in Texas, a lot of meat is still produces by small-time ranchers, even hobby farms. I could definitely see that happen, but not anytime soon!

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  3. convivialdingo

     /  November 19, 2009

    Can…. not… type…. heheh

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  4. happycrow

     /  November 19, 2009

    You’re absolutely right. Small time ranchers will continue to do their thing. But vat-meat WILL kill a lot of the con-agra types (chemists beat husbanders economically every time). So small-timers who give away hides now will suddenly realize that those hides have a lot of value.

    Now, the degree to which this stuff competes, of course, will be directly dependent onhow well they can build actual differentiated muscle with it, rather than simply hamberger-type meat. But compete it will.

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