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01 August 2005 @ 03:13 pm
Eating contests.  
I recently witnessed a televised eating contest which, judging from what I can remember about the naming, is an annual hot-dog eating contest. Personally I was so revolted by this spectacle that I watched to see who won. The winner was a man who consumed 45+ hot dogs (and buns). (I think it was 45, I know for a fact is was more than 40.) This clearly takes it beyond the bounds of what could normally be viewed as a celebratory meal/feast.

Seeing it made me consider the opinion that such a contest should be disallowed and potentially considered a crime against humanity, though that is a very extreme side to take given the current state of the world. I believe such a contest offers no positive contributions to our society while condoning - even encouraging and rewarding - the following detriments:

1) Overeating.

2) Excessive waste of survival commodities. (Partially linked to #1 but not entirely.) Contrary to any marketing claims food is and always has been limited in availability.

3) Boasting to neighbors, continental and abroad, that there is enough food in this nation to fuel an eating contest while other countries suffer from famine.

While I do not blame Africa's famine (and problems leading up to it) on a yearly eating contest, I do consider such a contest to be reprehensible as well as entirely unnecessary. I would support outlawing them and wonder if you would, also.
Chrisunnamed525 on August 3rd, 2005 12:58 pm (UTC)
The United State could easily grow enough food to feed itself and the whole of Africa ... we just don't. In fact, we pay farmers to not grow food, so that the price of food stays up.
Brilliant, huh?
psylence on August 3rd, 2005 06:27 pm (UTC)
That's curious.
It wouldn't surprise me to find that Africa's famine is the tragic result of too much breeding and too little food. Nonetheless it shouldn't be our responsibility to feed them, in my opinion. I am not against aid or lending a hand, but when you have a nation of people who breed as often as possible then aid is wasted effort.

Your statements intrigue me a bit, however. Do you have sources to support them? Specifically the agricultural capability of the US to feed itself and another continent, along with farmers being paid not to grow in order to pricefix certain commodities like wheat and potatoes?
Kain aka That Evil Guy: moonanikore on August 3rd, 2005 07:25 pm (UTC)
yeah that is pretty slick! How come I didn't think of that first?
Chrisunnamed525 on August 3rd, 2005 08:57 pm (UTC)
You're a bovine.