More specifically it is simplistic because it relies on Alan Durning's
and Worldwatch's limited understanding of the role of animals, especially
ruminants, in a post-oil, high energy-cost agriculture. As programs like
Heifer Project International have known for ages, ruminant animals,
properly used to capture and process high fiber biomass, are a
cornerstone of fertility self sufficiency for the third world farmers HPI
serves, who cannot afford our oil-based agriculture. In possibly less
than a generation, when we can no longer afford it either, animals will
take on a different, more important role in our agriculture, rather than
Jeremy Rifkin's BEYOND BEEF relied on the same sources and made the
same mistake, reinforcing the ideological vegetarians in their ignorance.
Northland Sheep Dairy
"Mother Nature never tries to farm without livestock" --Albert Howard
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