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Replace violence with tranquility

The world has many fears; one of them here being "killer tornadoes," for at least the next two months. Other fears are wars, with the threat of more wars because of North Korea and Iran. Their insane leaders don't seem to care as they continue playing with their nuclear missiles.

We should be asking ourselves, is man stupid enough to destroy man? The Bible answers that question with, the end by fire. Other fears are the so-called gangs.

All we can do is be alert and hope that you're not in the wrong place at the wrong time. I can't understand why there has to be violence. Instead, it should be replaced with peace and tranquility.

RICHARD D. BLOOD

Ringgold, Ga.

Replace meat, dairy with fruits, grains

Just in time for Sunday's Earth Day observance, a study published in last week's Environmental Research Letters warns that animal manure and fertilizers used in growing animal feed emit large amounts of nitrous oxide, a powerful greenhouse gas. An op-ed piece in this week's New York Times warns that the devastating environmental impacts of a meat-based diet are actually magnified when raising animals on the range, because this involves much more land and more greenhouse gas emissions (www.nytimes.com/2012/04/13/opinion/the-myth-of-sustainable-meat.html?_r=1&emc=eta1).

These conclusions are in keeping with an extensive United Nations Environment Program's report (www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jun/02/un-report-meat-free-diet), which drew on dozens of smaller studies. The highly respected report concluded that agricultural production accounts for 70 percent of global freshwater use, 38 percent of land use and 19 percent of greenhouse gas emissions.

In an environmentally sustainable world, meat and dairy products must be replaced by vegetables, fruits, and grains, just as fossil fuels must be replaced by wind, solar and other pollution-free energy sources. As the world's most conspicuous consumers, we have a special obligation to lead in pursuing an environmentally sustainable lifestyle. Our next trip to the supermarket is a great starting point.

LEE SHUFF

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