I agree with Scott Smith [Nov. 4 Letters] that the frequency of pro-vegetarian diet letters can be annoying, but I also found both Mark Noble's and Mark Strazzer's replies [Nov. 18 Letters] to contain solid points and to be well thought out and well written.
I do have to counter one of Mr. Strazzer's points: "When was the last time you heard about the Amazon forest being torn down to plant more broccoli for the locals? This doesn't happen." Yeah, it does. Millions of acres of the Amazon are being devastated to grow soybeans. Google it and you'll see.
I'm not suggesting that vegetable farms have near the environmental impact as cattle farms. But if the worldwide demand for broccoli equaled that for meat, or even soybeans, a lot more forest would disappear.
— Jean Stryker