On the Impracticality of a Cheeseburger [...]

This is the title of a  blog post by Waldo Jaquith in which he discusses how the differences in when various produce is in season and livestock slaughtering schedules mean that the cheeseburger, which most people think of as a simple food item, in fact is only practical in what he calls a "post-agrarian society" where foods can be both transported long distances and preserved with relative ease.

The point of this, pretty obviously, is that many things in modern daily life require large complex (as in interrelated) systems of production and transport to exist, and most of us are completely oblivious to it.

A similar notion of the complexity behind ordinary objects is found in I, Pencil and in the first episode of Connections, by James Burke, "The Trigger Effect"


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On the Impracticality of a Cheeseburger

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