Letters, September 21: “Dear Marc Bender”
Dear Steve Carson
My oh my, how the Allan Savory/Quivira Coaltion pro-livestock groupies come out of the woodwork when anyone mentions how destructive livestock ranching really is! So, we’re supposed to swallow this snake-oil ranching medicine, denying the reality of native wild species’ decline, while our public lands are denuded and turned into domesticated feed lots—with taxpayer subsidies thrown in to boot? Last year alone, 3.2 million wild animals were destroyed, mostly to appease these spoiled, subsidized ranchers, who must be removed from our public lands, period.
Just Quit Eating Cows
Steve Carson continues the unsubstantiated claims of the Savory grazing method. Researchers from the University of Arizona found that Savory’s cattle needed expensive supplemental feed, became stressed and fatigued, and lost enough weight to compromise the profitability of their meat. Even though Savory’s grazing trials took place during a period of freakishly high rainfall, with rates exceeding the average by 24 percent overall, the authors ... concluded: “No grazing system has yet shown the capacity to overcome the long-term effects of overstocking and/or drought on vegetation productivity.”
About the only people who promote Savory’s method are those who stand to gain financially from free-range beef. The carbon footprint of free-range and factory-farmed animals are equally enormous (transportation, slaughtering, refrigeration, etc.), but the methane footprint is 400 percent larger in the longer-lived free-range cattle! Methane is 86 times more potent than carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and is pushing climate temperatures to unprecedented levels. No matter how you look at it scientifically, all forms of animal agriculture carry a very high price for our planet’s future habitability.
News, September 14: “Secede from Santa Fe!”
No Man’s Land
I’ve lived in the no-man’s-land over 30 years. The only Santa Fe County vehicles I see are the tax assessors’ trucks. No sheriff, animal control, no politicians, nothing. They’re pretty useless. The real problem is, Rio Arriba won’t be any better. All my services come from Española. So, one county or the other makes no difference to me.
In “Choked Up” (Oct. 5), Lesley Fleishman’s quote should refer to nitrogen oxides, not nitrous oxide. SFR regrets the error.
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