Letter: A Better Use for Our Landscape

Monday, April 22, 2013

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