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Inefficiency of Meat Consumption


http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/25/opinion/shifting-away-from-meat.html?ref=topics&_r=0

To the Editor:

Dr. Dean Ornish notes the vast inefficiency of meat consumption, which entails growing large quantities of soy, corn and grain to feed animals, so that humans can eat those animals ("The Myth of High-Protein Diets <http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/23/opinion/the-myth-of-high-protein-diets.html>," Op-Ed, March 23).

Dr. Ornish also ably makes the case that animal protein is linked to heart disease, cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer's disease. What this means is that we are, as a society, wasting resources to create a product that is destroying our quality of life and killing us. This makes as much sense as taking pure well water, cycling it through a sewer system and then drinking it. It is past time for a societal shift away from meat consumption.

BRUCE FRIEDRICH

Washington

The writer is director of policy for Farm Sanctuary, a national farm animal protection organization.


Bruce G. Friedrich
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