BS. Isn't MacDonald's the major buyer of beef in the US? And isn't America the most obese country in the world? People don't need to eat meat 3 times a day 7 days a week. People need to be eating more fruit and vegetables and less processed junk. Sure... free range, grass fed (or whatever) meat is more expensive but it just reflects the true cost of raising cattle. We spend a far less proportion of our salary on groceries than we did 50 years ago. They may be the largest buyer of beef in the US, but they are not the major buyer. As for the rest, you would like to enforce on others the lifestyle and eating style you see best. I don't have any interest in doing that. IM(unsupported)O, agricultural subsidies and policies frequently favor large farms and are a big part of why our food production is as industrialized as it is. It's not all returns to scale. I think that is also right, but I don't for a second believe that subsidies are the reason that we have modern farming and ranching methods. I think they help define what the producers look like, but there is a limit as to how much food per acre can be produced using traditional farming and ranching.