Nevermind, think I was wrong -- beef seems to be the exception, in that its production levels in recent history were a lot less reliant than other meats on high-output industrial farming. Or, that was, at least, the case 20 years ago: "For 2002-2003, FAOestimates of industrial production as a percentage of global production were 7 percent for beef and veal, 0.8 percent for sheep and goat meat, 42 percent for pork, and 67 percent for poultry meat. Industrial production was estimated to account for 39 percent of the sum of global production of these meats and 50 percent of total egg production. In the U.S., according to its National Pork Producers Council, 80 million of its 95 million pigs slaughtered each year are reared in industrial settings.:29" The FAO site also gives the figure for beef as 10%, so maybe that's closer to current. I'm not clear on why you took "the question to be about banning meat or not for ethical reasons," though. I think Kanmuk's 'Beef production is pretty terrible for the environment + animal welfare, and we should all probably eat less beef' was about as close as anyone got to saying anything like that, and it's completely different in meaning.