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What Is the World Coming To?

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Posted: Saturday, December 21, 2013 5:32 pm

To The Editor:

What is this world coming to when last week there was news that according to scientists vitamin tablets are worthless and gas-passing cows are killing the planet.

Cattle are the biggest source of greenhouse gases, accounting for more than three-quarters of all emissions from global livestock, a survey shows.

The assessment, described as the most detailed of its kind, identified Europe and the Americas as the world’s “epicenter of beef production.”

Annually, the world produces 586 tons of milk, 124 tons of poultry and 59,000 tons of beef. This finding appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Concerns have been raised over the rapid rise in global beef and meat consumption. The United Nations says the “unprecedented” growth in demand for beef has been driven by a number of factors, such as population growth, urbanization and rising incomes.

This growth in beef production presents a growing emissions problem and more greenhouse gases.

So maybe we must just stop using tobacco and vitamins. Now we must stop eating meat.

As a matter of fact, I’m too old to stop eating steak.

/opinion