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Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | DECEMBER 09, 2009 7:30 AM

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Go meatless for the earth

I was delighted to hear that the UI’s plan on going trayless for the environment (“The trays may have had it,” Dec. 3). However, there is an even better way to save the environment: add more vegan food. According to a recent United Nations study, raising animals for food contributes more to climate change than all cars, boats, and trains combined. If we really want to make a difference, the first step is to cut out the meat.

The amount of resources wasted on producing animal-derived products is staggering. We currently feed more than 70 percent of the grains raised in the U.S. to animals raised for food. Similarly, nearly half of the water and 80 percent of agricultural land consumed in this country are used for livestock, rather than for direct consumption by humans.

Thankfully, it’s never been easier to find delicious and “green” meals — like veggie barbecue riblets and vegan pizza — at your local grocery store. If the UI wants to help lead the way in saving the planet, the single best cafeteria item to go without is animal products.

Drew Winter
College campaigns assistant, peta2.com

The powerful dollar

Memo to Zach Halstead (“Transparency needed at the Federal Reserve,” Dec. 2), who views the Federal Reserve to be a shadowy organization bent on ruining the American economy: Don’t believe everything you read by the American Institute for Economic Research, who seem to see conspiracies bent on world domination wherever they look. And if you really believe that the Federal Reserve has “presided over the nearly complete destruction of the United States dollar,” I’d be happy to take any of those destroyed dollars off your hands.

John Solow
UI associate professor of economics


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