Just as there are many ways to grow vegetables, or grains, there are many
ways to raise livestock. Let's not lump the "cattle industry" into one
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On Mon, 2 Dec 1996, Don Lotter wrote:
> Re: Bill Tucker's posting to SANET, quoted below this message
> P.S. It is interesting to me that you came to SANET through the Graze-L
> list. The cattle industry, at least in the western US, (and this is no
> unsubstantiated claim, see Fleischner 1994) is the most destructive and
> unsustainable of all of the agricultural industries.
> Fleischner, T.L., 1994. Ecological costs of livestock grazing in western
> North America. Conservation Biol., v.8:629-644
> cc. SANET
> Bill Tucker's posting to SANET
> Dear Listers:
> Was connected with your list via a post on Graze-L recently. Having
> been subscribed and lurking for several days now, just wanted to
> summarize what I've learned.
> 1) The United States government is evil.
> 2) Fidel Castro is first and foremost a humanitarian.
> 3) World petroleum reserves will be depleted very soon.
> 4) World destruction (via global warming, rampant consumption, etc.)
> is imminent.
> 5) Persons working for ag companies (Monsanto) can be neatly
> compartmentalized into one of two categories--evil or having "sold
> out" their values.
> Review of your posts has stirred vague and unsettling memories. I
> recall as a child, a country boy from Mississippi, being scared
> breathless by reports that world petroleum reserves would be
> exhausted "momentarily" ("What will we do?", I thought). Now,
> many, many years later, I hear the same reports (although I
> understand that, this time, it's really, really, really true).
> The overall tone of your list strikes me as that of a group of people
> who are extremely dissatisfied with their environment, their country,
> other humans, and their "lot in life". I sincerely wish for each of
> you peace in resolving these conflicts.
> As an affirmed "evil scientist", my next post shall be to unsubscribe
> from this list. However, feel free to flail away at me directly via
> my e-mail address. Again, peace.