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Letter: It’s more efficient to grow plants for people, not animals
First Published Jan 08 2014 01:01 am • Last Updated Jan 08 2014 03:14 pm

The Dec. 31 Public Forum letter "Resolve to go meatless in the new year" didn’t mention a related issue: worldwide hunger and food costs. Reducing animal-product consumption would increase availability of agricultural lands for growing people food. Those lands now are used for growing food to feed animals for people to eat. That type of agriculture feeds a lot fewer people per acre than growing people-food plants.

The consequent rise in food costs is especially hard on marginally fed people of the world.

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The biofuel boom (ethanol) that drained agricultural lands away from feeding people is blamed for the current worldwide food cost rise.

John Ellison

Salt Lake City

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