Letter: A Better Use for Our Landscape

To the Editor:

Chuck Wooster observes, “Most of the agricultural land in the Upper Valley is upland pasture, too steep for cultivating for crops” (“Upper Valley Is an Animal Landscape,” April 7). Yet he also tells us that the sheep he doesn’t slaughter “spend all winter devouring ... one luscious bale of hay after another.” In other words, animal agriculture in the Upper Valley depends on a tremendous amount of plant cultivation. As Wooster notes about the grain used for larger-scale animal agriculture, the land that grows hay could be used for crops “that could more efficiently be fed directly to humans.” Feedlots and deforestation demonstrate the stark reality of all animal agriculture as wasteful, cruel and unnecessary.

Eric Rosenbloom



Column: Upper Valley Is an Animal Landscape

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

White River Junction One Friday night last month, after a dinner in town with friends, I returned home to check on things in the barn. I raise lambs for meat, and early March is when two or three dozen little lambs are born on our farm. I was disappointed, in my tired state, to find a ewe that was well …