let me not be a leaver

Anton Sherwood (dasher@netcom.com)
Thu, 17 Jul 1997 23:09:35 -0700 (PDT)

Rick Knight writes
I would regard a third world shepherd as a leaver, a western world
rancher as a taker. The distinction being on their overall impact on
the world at large. The shepherd's flock might eat up the grass in a
meadow which locally may locally impact the population but a modern
cattle facility can spoil groundwater and produce over abundant
amounts of methane, not to mention how much grain it takes to feed the
cattle that one doesn't get back nutritionally or substantively in the
resultant meat or dairy consumption for which the cattle are raised.

Your low-impact shepherds stripped the Mediterranean of its trees
and enlarged the Sahara.

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