I read an editorial in The Washington Post that I found humorous. To politely summarize this lengthy stream of rubbish, author Ezra Klein suggests the following:
Because cows cause 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, we should cut our meat-laden diets (to shrink the cattle industry) in order to save the planet. (This idea was actually Rajendra Pachauri's, the head of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.) It would be a simple solution, Klein rationalizes, but because most people eat meat, it's not an easy political sell. Klein concludes that he will cut his diet to five meat-based meals per month, because he's just not ready to go full vegan yet, despite the fact that he feels he should. Read the story yourself here. (Also humorous is the McDonald's ad near the story.)
Notwithstanding Klein's fact-lacking blame of global warming on the cattle industry, I have a meatier solution.
As usual, the completely out-of-touch journalist fails to realize that not all meat comes from grocery stores, or even (gasp!) from cows. Are deer, elk, moose, wild pigs, bears, ducks and squirrels now chopped liver?
In lieu of Klein's decision to give up meat at least once a week to save the world, I offered him my solution via email. I doubt it will see print, so I'm posting it here.
Dear Mr. Klein,
I read your July 29 article entitled "The Meat of the Problem" with amazement. You failed to consider an obvious solution to a problem that you so duly attempted to solve.
By participating in this country's regulated hunting seasons, you can eat meat three times a day, every day of the week while simultaneously reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The fact is, over 6.5 million whitetail deer are legally harvested in America annually, providing millions of pounds of lean "organic" meat for millions of families who are not dependent on gaseous cows, the farming industry, grocery stores or restaurants to provide it.