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The Abatement Of Cruelty, Ctd

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A reader makes an important point:

Your reader said: “And please, if we all became vegetarians/vegans … we would probably run out of arable land to feed everyone.” This could not be more wrong. Converting plants into meat is a very inefficient way to transmit the plants’ calories and nutrients to people. If we simply ate plants instead of meat, we’d need a lot LESS agricultural land. And the USA has one of the lowest population densities of any developed country, so we have plenty of arable land to spare. This is a complete red herring.

Another backs that up with a NYT piece:

[A]bout two to five times more grain is required to produce the same amount of calories through livestock as through direct grain consumption, according to Rosamond Naylor, an associate professor of economics at Stanford University. It is as much as 10 times more in…

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Author: Daniela

I was born in Croatia, at that time Yugoslavia. My family moved to the US when I was very young, but I still treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," my grandmother shopping early every morning, at the open air market, to buy the freshest vegetables for the day's meals, and the traditions that were the underpinnings of our society. Someone once noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world; one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

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