Readers write about overpopulation, meat and food crises, appeasement, and faith in politics.
Overpopulation is a big drain on potable water
Regarding the May 28 article, "Is water becoming 'the new oil'?": Overpopulation seems to be a key element in the destruction of our environment. Why do we continue to submit to, cater to, provide for, and accept overpopulation? Overpopulation can be prevented through education and maybe tax credits for small families. The important thing is quality, not quantity in having and raising a family.
This plays a big part in the health and well-being of our planet, which in turn has a big effect on the health of its people.
Meat fuels food crisis
In response to the June 2 article, "Lessons from past food crises": As a dietitian, I was glad to see an article mention that increased meat production has played a part in fueling the world hunger crisis. Our individual food choices can profoundly affect food supplies in impoverished regions. That's why I urge Americans to help stave off world hunger by switching to a meatless diet.
On average, it takes more than seven pounds of grain to produce one pound of beef, and four pounds of grain to yield one pound of pork. Cutting back on our meat consumption could free up grain and other foodstuffs for human consumption.
There's no question that the United States and the international community need to take vigorous actions to abate world hunger. For individuals, switching to a plant-based diet might be the single-most-important step we can take.
Regarding the recent article on previous food crises: The definition of "prosperity" for a culture or nation is an increase in population and an increase in the use of resources. Throughout history, every culture that has prospered has eventually stopped prospering. That has never occurred voluntarily.
The Earth is a single size. That fact doesn't change.
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