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May 1, 2009 at 10:00 PM

Lynne Varner on “Earth”

Do your part: Go veggie

Lynne K. Varner seems to lament in her April 30 editorial notebook that her 8-year-old son has no means to help save the “beautiful species” seen in the film “Earth” [” ‘Earth’: warm and fuzzy,”Opinion]. The good news is that there is something very simple he can do, without waiting for politicians to take action: stop eating meat.

Animal agriculture is a primary cause for deforestation (save the rain forests!), water pollution, and CO2, methane and nitrous oxide production. Eating meat supports global warming, which leads to species extinction.

It’s easy to demand that Disney plant trees in the Brazilian rain forests (as Varner did), as no effort has to be made on the part of the individual. It takes a lot more effort to put one’s words and sentiments into action.

— Phyllis Becker, Port Hadlock

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