In reply to Scott Smith's letter on vegetarians ["Vegetarians Are Too Pushy About Their Lifestyle," Nov. 4]:
Dear Scott, I am sorry that you are so offended by vegetarians. No doubt this is a free country, and you can say and eat pretty much whatever you want. But lifestyle does come with a price. Despite the faulty logic in comparing eating vegetables to slaughtering an animal, you forgot an even more compelling argument for reducing meat consumption, if not becoming totally vegetarian: The impact of meat-farming on the resources and health of the planet is tremendous. In addition to severe water pollution from animal production and slaughter, the carbon footprint of the meat industry accounts for 18 percent of all man-made greenhouse gases. To add insult to injury, meat farming involves inefficient use of resources. It is a well-known fact that growing grains for direct human consumption will feed six to 10 times the amount of people with the same plot of land. With the earth's human population reaching near carrying capacity, meat eating may well be become the gas-guzzler habit of the future.
— Rudranath Beharrysingh