Op/Ed

Letter to the editor: Thinking about climate change

If you believe in climate change as I do, I refer you to the New Yorker publication “The Fragile Earth.” There’s no question in my mind and I assume if you’re reading this publication there’s not much doubt in your mind either that global warming is real and that it is happening right now.

So what are you doing about it?

In 2006 the United Nations declared that more greenhouse gases are attributable to the production of animals for human consumption than all transportation combined — all cars ,trucks, planes, buses, trains and ships combined — 40% more.

Reading about food in this publication and others I’m always struck by how much attention is paid to the eating of animals and animal products.

The most effective and simplest way to fight global warming is to be mindful of what you put in your mouth.

I’ll say it again, if you want to do something positive about global warming right now, today, without spending any extra money, just pay more attention to what you eat. Eat mostly plants.

You don’t have to buy a Tesla, you don’t have to buy solar panels, just control what you eat. And you don’t have to become a vegan, just eat less animals and animal products and you will be reducing your carbon footprint, Mark Bittman pointed this out in his books “Food Matters” and “VB6” (vegan before 6) among others.

“The China Study” by T. Colin Cambell is the book that convinced me to adopt a plant-based diet 15 years ago. I highly recommend it to all eaters who are concerned about global warming. There is no Planet B.

There is enough food being grown on our planet right now to feed everyone who wants it. The problem is too much of the plant food that is grown is fed to animals so that the animals can be eaten by humans. It’s a very bad conversion in every way, the amount of plant food, the amount of water used, the vast tracts of land, the transportation of all these products and animals, and the disposal of all the waste created by these animals. Nine pounds of grain for one pound of beef — it’s a very bad conversion.

Do your own research, and think about it, and come to your own conclusions…

Robert Fuller

Lincoln

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