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Meaty response.

In response to the cover story, "Recipe for a hungry planet" (October): While dealing with hunger might seem daunting, one easy, effective, and healthful step is to move toward a plant-based diet. Converting grains to meat is inherently inefficient, reducing the amount of calories and protein available for the world's poor and hungry.

Inefficient animal agriculture also results in greater carbon, nitrogen, and methane release, which contributes to global warming. A major 2006 United Nations food and agriculture report found that animal agriculture contributes more to global warming (18 percent of the total) than all forms of transportation--cars, trucks, airplanes--combined (14 percent). And diets heavily laden with fruits and vegetables tend to be far better for our bodies than the typical Western diet.

Dr. Stephen Kaufman

Shaker Heights, Ohio

The soup in the "globe bowl" on the front cover of the October issue looks delicious. Is there a recipe for it?

Jeffrey Maciej

St. Paul, Minn.

Note: Sorry, Jeffrey. That soup came from a can. For more about how we create our covers, see this month's Editors' Note (page 4).
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Title Annotation:you may be right: letters
Author:Kaufman, Stephen; Maciej, Jeffrey
Publication:U.S. Catholic
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Dec 1, 2007
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