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Letter to the Editor: Diet can reduce greenhouse gas emissions

To the editor:

With scorching heat and raging wildfires in the West and torrential downpours

and massive flooding in the East, global warming is not just about a gentle

sea rise any more. These tragic consequences of dumping greenhouse gases into

our atmosphere, call for drastic remedies.

For starters, we should rejoin the Paris Climate Accords and actually become

a world leader in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. One of the most

effective ways is by changing our diet.

Yes, that. Last Fall, Oxford University's prestigious Food Climate Research

Network concluded that solving the global warming catastrophe requires

massive shift to a plant-based diet. A 2010 United Nations report blamed

animal agriculture for 19 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, 70 percent of freshwater

use, and 38 percent of land use.

Carbon dioxide is emitted by burning forests to create animal pastures and by

transporting animals. The more damaging methane and nitrous oxide are

released from digestive tracts of cattle and from animal waste cesspools,

respectively.

In an environmentally sustainable world, we must replace meat and dairy

products in our diet by vegetables, fruits, and grains, just as we replace

fossil fuels by wind, solar, and other pollution-free energy sources.

Let's start with our next supermarket visit.

Aiden Pendergass

Alexandria, MN

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