From his column "Earth's pals dish out guilt with veggies" (April 25 and TribLIVE.com), I can't tell if Jack Markowitz is one of those people who doesn't believe in global warming or that raising millions of head of cattle are affecting it.
If the former, I suggest a trip to see how the polar ice is melting; if the latter, let me emphasize that I am talking about cattle in the millions to feed our expanding population. Land is being cleared at a horrific rate to feed cattle both grass and grain. Less forests, more global warming. And yes, all the methane gas passed by that cattle leads to more global warming than all cars and planes together.
It takes a lot less grain and water to feed me than it takes to feed a cow from birth to slaughter to produce just one pound of meat to feed me. Also, when I eat grain mixed with soy, it's as high-quality a protein as any meat, but without cholesterol or much saturated fat and a great deal of fiber.
Do I mind giving up eggs, salmon and steak? When I first became a vegan and thought of those foods, I didn't think of the Earth as much as I did of all the lovely fat piling up in my arteries. It actually scared me. As for vegans looking gaunt, President Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres and Pamela Anderson look great. They should -- vegans have lower cholesterol and less chance of heart attacks, colon cancer, high blood pressure, etc.
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