Al Gore recently told ABC news "the growing meat intensity of diets around the world is one of the issues connected to this global crisis — not only because of the CO2 involved, but also because of the water consumed in the process."
This "inconvenient truth" was omitted from his movie, even though "The Official Handbook for Live Earth," the concerts that Mr. Gore co-organized, noted that "refusing meat" is the "single most effective thing you can do to reduce your carbon footprint" (emphasis in original).
It's great to see Mr. Gore finally making the connection, but disappointing that the journalists at Mountain Xpress are not yet up to speed. The "Living Green" issue [Nov. 18] all but ignored the fact that making the easy, healthy lifestyle change of reducing/eliminating animal products from one's diet will do much to heal the planet. "Progressives" think the climate-change deniers are the problem. I think what's worse are the people who understand the need to reduce our carbon footprints yet refuse to discuss, let alone consider, lifestyle changes they don't want to make.
The same U.N. report that told us raising livestock for food generates more greenhouses gases than all forms of transportation combined also stated, "On average 990 litres of water are required to produce one litre of milk." Cornell University scientist David Pimentel has shown that "producing a pound of animal protein requires, on average, about 100 times more water than producing a pound of vegetable protein."
If you are reading this letter, I thank the Xpress for putting it into print. But it's time the overwhelming body of scientific evidence linking animal agriculture to ecosystem destruction migrates from the opinion section into the articles that address sustainability.
To learn more, please visit www.GoVeg/eco.
— Stewart David