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Thank you for your article "Cheeseless and Loving It" (Your Health, November/December 2007). Like Sarah Florez, I decided to go vegan after I learned how animals are abused and cruelly killed on factory farms and in slaughterhouses. But, as your article mentions, going vegan is also one of the kindest things you can do for the environment. Researchers at the University of Chicago found that going vegetarian is more effective in combating global warming than switching from a standard American car to a Prius. That makes sense, since a 2006 United Nations report said that "raising animals for food generates more greenhouse gases than all the cars and trucks in the world combined," and that raising animals for food is "one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global."

Lindsay Pollard-Post

Holland, MI
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Title Annotation:ADVICE & DISSENT: Letters from our readers
Author:Pollard-Post, Lindsay
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Mar 1, 2008
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