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AnnaS wrote:I could just about go off like a pressure cooker about this! First of all, the 1.9 acres for meat eaters' footprint is way low, if I am remembering correctly from some of the organic gardening literature I've read over the years--seems like it should be more like 5 or 6 acres. Or maybe 10? anyway, it is much higher than they are saying here (sorry, no linkies today).
Secondly, the Kingsolver book was a big disappointment to me, too. Her argument that meat is okay because you can grow it on non-arable land is facile and weak. Okay, if you live in the mountains of Pakistan and raise goats and a couple times a year have a little goat stew, FINE. But her audience lives here and they're just looking for an excuse to be okay with eating meat 3 times a day. Almost nobody in this country (okay, perhaps a couple growers in Kingsolver's neighborhood, but otherwise who??) is growing meat animals on non-arable land. If you want to bring up cattle raising in the West on land too dry to farm, BRING IT ON--the land out there is being utterly destroyed by the cattle. Books and books have been written about this--sorry, no linkies right now...
Ahhh, so good to vent! But now my computer monitor is all covered with steam...
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