If it was only possible to support one without the other. Here's a letter I just penned. What are your thoughts?
As a vegan I'm not sure I should support anything which might make meat safer. One good outbreak and the industry which profits not only from animal suffering but the extremely inefficient use of animals to convert plants to a luxury food item and one of the largest causes of greenhouse gasses would take a tremendous hit. Part of the reason meat needs inspection is the putting of profits above people. We can feed 20 people a plant based diet on the food used to fatten up a cow to feed one person a meat based diet.
Environmentally, the production of meat takes a truly unbelievable toll on soil and water purity, with pollution runoff literally killing off towns and water supplies across the nation. Globally, the raising of crops to feed animals when it should be going to provide food (and water) to the indigenous populations is another crime caused directly by the misuse of our precious resources.
Put the money for defending big food and agriculture into vegan education and you will multiply the benefits exponentially for all.
On Mar 23, 2011, at 5:03 PM, Sarah Alexander, Food & Water Watch wrote:
I don't know if you've seen this yet, but critical cuts to food inspection are being proposed by the Republican-led House. We've just released a funny video showing what kind of "budget burger" you might end up with if these cuts go through.
Check out our video and ask your members of Congress to keep important food safety inspections to protect your health!
Thanks for taking action,
Education & Outreach Director
Food & Water Watch
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