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Hold the Meat


The manure, rats and rotting carcasses so graphically described by former U.S.D.A. food inspector Albert Midoux (Who We Are, May 2000) are but a few reasons to go vegetarian.

One-third of the U.S.'s natural resources and fossil fuels goes to the production of animals for "food." Vast amounts of topsoil, clean water and wildlife habitat are squandered on an obsession that sickens our bodies and shortens our lives. Every year more than 9 billion animals are raised in conditions of overcrowding, filth and disease, and they are shown little or no compassion.

As environmentalists, responsible stewards of the earth's other inhabitants and role models, we have an overwhelming obligation to become vegetarian.

To learn more about the subject and to get a vegetarian starter kit, go to the Physicians' Committee for Responsible Medicine's Web site at or call (888) 260-8458.

James Corcoran
Berkley, Mich.

While the Sierra Club does not advocate vegetarianism per se, our agriculture policy promotes "a greater reliance on vegetable protein."

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