To: "Birding-aus" <>
Subject: vegies
From: "Michael J Hunter" <>
Date: Sun, 4 Jun 2000 12:01:43 +1000
The problem is too many people of any description, not meat-eaters
You have changed the basis of your argument to attacking industrial nations, particularly the United States. That is a different argument, with parts of which I am sure many people would agree.
However, consider that the resources that the West consume in such undeniably large amounts are mainly mineral, including fuel.Their extraction is not destroying vast tracts of forest, the local  hungry people are, and the more local hungry people there are, the more forests [wetlands,mangroves, woodlands and so on] will be destroyed until there are none left.
If those habitats wont grow grain but will produce edible meat or fish, hungry people will grow and eat meat or fish, unless you suggest that it would be more biologically efficient for the people to eat the grass trees or waterweed instead.
The exception is forestry products, the bulk of which end up in the more developed Asian economies because of demand by increasing population.Where do you think our woodchips end up? Are their end-product users necessarily meat-eaters?
The recent, and continuing, clearing of land in Queensland is  indescribably disgraceful,but to blame it on non-vegetarian humans, who evolved as omnivores, suggests a degree of fanaticism.
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