Hold the Meat
The manure, rats and rotting carcasses so graphically described by former U.S.D.A. food
inspector Albert Midoux (Who We Are, May
2000) are but a few reasons to go vegetarian.
One-third of the U.S.'s natural resources and fossil fuels goes to the production of
animals for "food." Vast amounts of topsoil, clean water and wildlife habitat
are squandered on an obsession that sickens our bodies and shortens our lives. Every year
more than 9 billion animals are raised in conditions of overcrowding, filth and disease,
and they are shown little or no compassion.
As environmentalists, responsible stewards of the earth's other inhabitants and role
models, we have an overwhelming obligation to become vegetarian.
To learn more about the subject and to get a vegetarian starter kit, go to the
Physicians' Committee for Responsible Medicine's Web site at www.pcrm.org or call (888)
While the Sierra Club does not advocate vegetarianism per se, our agriculture
policy promotes "a greater reliance on vegetable protein."
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