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Diet Wars

Letter in the Boulder Weekly, March 2004

Dear Editor,

Your article "Diet wars" pointed out that, in the year 2000, the average American adult consumed a staggering 210 pounds of meat. If everyone on the planet ate that many pounds per year, as suggested by the author of The Paleo Diet, the annual sum total would amount to hundreds of billions of pounds of animal flesh.

We no longer live in the Stone Age, therefore we should not try to emulate the grisly life of the hunter-gatherers during those dark times. As primates, we have a much longer ancestral history of vegetarianism, and our closest relatives, chimpanzees and gorillas, thrive on a primarily plant-based diet.

Vegetarianism is healthier for us and for the environment, and it spares the lives of countless animals. Our species has long-since demonstrated that we can conquer and consume any other creature out there. It is high time we live at peace with the animals with whom we share this planet.

Jim Robertson/Norfolk, Va.

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