Linking a brown Earth to green food

Linking a brown Earth to green food Re It's Earth Day, And It's True That Most Of Us Are Hypocrites (Editorial, News, April 22): I'm sure glad to read your editorials because if government dictated everything we read, we might be brainwashed. I agree wi

Re It’s Earth Day, And It’s True That Most Of Us Are Hypocrites (Editorial, News, April 22):

I’m sure glad to read your editorials because if government dictated everything we read, we might be brainwashed.

I agree with all the points you made; CO2 emissions in Canada are rising and our government is paying lip service to the public about the issues behind it.

We who say we are concerned for the environment are, of course, part of the problem.

One very important point you and many environmentalist writers missed, and that the government is not talking about, is our impact on this Earth due to our food choices.

What we choose to eat is one of the biggest factors behind climate change and environmental degradation.

More than 50 billion cattle, pigs, sheep, turkeys, ducks, chickens and rabbits are killed every year by the meat, egg and dairy industries.

Livestock production is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than all the world’s transportation.

Also, animal products in moderate to excessive quantities are directly linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes, diabetes, obesity and cancer.

Animal agriculture is the biggest polluter and an excessive waste of natural resources.

The single biggest step we could take to help slow global warming is to go vegan as a world. A plant-based diet is the most ethical, healthful, ecological choice we can make.

We owe it to the future!

So let’s kill “Earth Day”

and make every day Earth day.

Mike Grieco

Whitehorse

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