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Eat a plant-based diet for

environmentally sustainable world

We have reduced our carbon footprint by curtailing travel and our thermostat. We recycle. But we can do so much more by cutting our consumption of animal meat and milk products. Yes, that.

A recent article in The Guardian argues that animal agriculture is a major driver of climate change, as well as air and water pollution, depletion of soil and water resources, and destruction of wildlife habitats. Oxford University’s prestigious Food Climate Research Network reports that solving the global warming catastrophe requires a massive shift to plant-based eating. The Netflix feature Seaspiracy documents the devastating environmental impacts of the fishing industry.

In an environmentally sustainable world, we must replace meat, fish, and dairy products with vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, seeds, and grains, just as we replace fossil fuels with wind, solar, and other renewable energy sources.

Each of us has a unique opportunity to heal our planet by transitioning to plant-based eating. We can begin with the one-minute NY Times diet quiz. Then, let’s check out the rich variety of plant-based meat and dairy products at our supermarket. The internet offers ample advice and recipes.

Calhoun Torres, Clinton

Not a ‘Democratic wishlist’

I noticed in the paper that our Second District representative, Mariannette Miller-Meeks, held a video town hall meeting in Oskaloosa recently. She responded to a question from a viewer about why she opposed the American Rescue Plan. She called it a “Democrat wishlist”.

I disagree. If it were a wish list, we would not be benefiting from the direct relief this plan offers to folks like me. I’m grateful for it.

I think Ms. Miller-Meeks should have voted to support the American Rescue Plan. I believe she was wrong to vote against it.

Dave Bradley, West Liberty

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