Letters to the Editor

Letter: Climate, meat

June 7, 2014

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To the editor:

I am delighted that the Environmental Protection Agency has finally moved to abate the disastrous impacts of climate change by regulating carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. But, given the adverse reaction from the coal industry, the agency should have issued parallel regulations on emissions from meat industry operations. Each state could than determine its own optimal strategy for curbing greenhouse gases.

A 2006 U.N. report estimated that meat production accounts for 18 percent of manmade greenhouse gases. A 2009 article in the respected World Watch magazine suggested that the contribution may be closer to 50 percent.

The meat industry generates carbon dioxide by burning forests to create animal pastures and by combustion of fossil fuels to confine, feed, transport and slaughter animals. The much more damaging methane and nitrous oxide are discharged from digestive tracts of cattle and from animal waste cesspools, respectively.

In the meantime, each of us can reduce the devastating effects of climate change every time we eat. Our local supermarket offers a rich variety of plant-based lunch meats, hotdogs, veggie burgers and dairy product alternatives, as well as ample selection of vegetables, fruits, grains,and nuts. Product lists, easy recipes and transition tips are readily available online.

Comments

Richard Heckler 1 year ago

Most food products mentioned would give a major boost to the local economy through buying local. A lot of activity in this community.

One local that was not mentioned is local Tofu some of the best anywhere on the planet. Yes that would be Central Soy Tofu. Made fresh every week and is GMO free,Gluten Free,Heart Healthy,Organic and a reasonable source of protein. Not to mention a better bang for the buck than meat.

If one wants to stay away from from GMO meat best bet is local organic. Otherwise most other corn fed or grass fed meat could well be GMO meat and the feds do not require labeling. Make no mistake about it the meat industry fights labeling ferociously with big campaign bucks.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 1 year ago

Are you against local meat? Why do you hate our local farmers?

James Howlette 1 year ago

Trust me. Nobody wanted to touch your meat. Ew.

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