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From: Keith ( -99.199.139.60)
Subject: Re: environmental advantages of veganism
Date: August 17, 2010 at 2:33 pm PST

In Reply to: environmental advantages of veganism posted by Bob Morgan on August 16, 2010 at 12:44 pm:

There is no arguing with the fact that some land is not usable for crops. Certainly, mountain tops and deserts come to mind. Does that include so-called ranch land? Maybe, maybe not. It is probably a matter of technique.

A more important question is, should we be requiring that *all* land be used before we change our environmental footprint? We could reduce our demands before we require marginal lands to be forced into production. Or we could have, if we had thought of it soon enough. We could still get back there if we put our minds to it.

A big part of the sustainability issue is realizing the flaws in the prevailing utilitarian ethic that says that nothing is of value unless it produces profit for someone. We need to replace it with an ethic that recognizes the worth of creatures and environments in their own right, independently of their utility to us humans. Land that is unproductive for crops should be left alone, not grazed by cattle.

Keith



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