I don't know, maybe I shouldn't post about factory farming so much, because given the title of this site and everything, people who come by and read these entries will assume that this site exists solely for the propagation and discussion of news items about meat. That is false. This site exists for the propagation and discussion of news items about meat and bulletins about my self-involved life. Also, you can learn things you never wanted to know, like the economic importance of the South African jackass penguin.
Penguins are a good source of guano. Guano is excavated from the shores, processed, and made in to fertilizer, which is then sold around the world. Another economic use people have for penguins is with their skins, which are used as gloves and other leather goods.
There are no real negative economic effects of the Jackass Penguin. Due to their small numbers and size, penguins do not eat enough fish to be detrimental to that industry.
Thomas Friedman and Robert Kaplan fight it out over globalization, though it's really just an excuse for them to talk about whatever interests them, since "globalization" is so ill-defined that you can connect it to any major economic or political trend of the past decade. Interesting reading nonetheless.
Oh God, Oprah, don't stop the gravy train yet! I haven't had a chance to board! Hell, I haven't even left for the station.