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With the 50th anniversary of Earth Day recently past, we are already reducing our carbon footprint during the pandemic by severely curtailing travel. But we can do so much more by cutting our consumption of animal meat and milk products. Yes, that. 

A recent article in the respected journal Nature argues that animal agriculture is a major driver of climate change, air and water pollution, depletion of soil and water resources, and destruction of wildlife habitats. Oxford University's prestigious Food Climate Research Network reports that solving the global warming catastrophe requires a massive shift to plant-based eating. 

In an environmentally sustainable world, we must replace meat and dairy products with vegetables, fruits and grains, just as we replace fossil fuels with wind, solar, and other renewable energy sources. Each of us has a unique opportunity to heal our planet by transitioning to plant-based eating.

We can begin with a 1-minute NY Times food test at https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/04/30/climate/your-diet-quiz-global-warming.html. 

Then, let's celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day at our supermarket. The internet offers ample advice and recipes.

Mark Liechten

Manassas

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Omarndc72

More hope and dope.lol

APerson

Lighten up Francis! I mean, Catharpin411. :) No one's coming for your burger. You ought to check out forksoverknives.com though. You can increase your immune system by eating less meat, more veggies. Then you won't need that vaccine. :) :) :) Have a good one!!!

Catharpin411

These are all great comments and especially to you vegans...my thick juicy cow steaks are simply yummy.

Enjoy your tofu and dont you dare try to force your minority view o to me

Like trying to force me to take some vaccine when it's ready for the China Virus...never ever

cultured2014

not sure what science the author is looking at, but the influx of corn into our diet (it's in everything BTW) is what is making america unhealthy. compare someone who eats a plant based diet vs. meat, you'll see a world of difference in the meat eater for the better. humans dont have 8 stomachs like cows, so you shouldnt eat like one.

APerson

Thank A Vegan! :) Becoming a WFPB (look it up) vegan iss the best thing you can do for yourself, the environment and your future. Every day, those on a vegan diet save 1100 gallons of water, 45 lbs. of grain, 30 square feet of forest, 10 lbs. of CO2, and one animal's life. Oh yeah, I also lost 30 pounds in the first year and am healthier than ever at age 62. The best information on how to start is at ForksOverKnives.com.

wws

ZCXNISSAN, Who said anything about Vit D? I never said anything about saving the planet. Everyone gets that by going outside and spending time in the sun.

zcxnissan

wws vitamin D goes into everything you eat that you think is saving the planet from 50 years of doomsday predictions. We all know the main source of vitamin D besides the sun is. Ohoh.

wws

Mark, That was a great letter. I couldn't agree with you more. I gave up meat and dairy a year ago for medical reasons. Helped me tremendously. With the COVID situation, I wouldn't want to work at any of those factory farms.

weouchere

Mark - having a big ole juicy cheeseburger in you honor. You are a funny guy.

InsideCommenter

Bless your heart.

Eating a cheesburger to own the liberals, that's just out of this world imbecile like.

InsideCommenter

cheeseburger*

Omarndc72

These people are nuts with this climate hope and dope garbage. Lol

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