Letters - 13 December 2019

From sadness to land and houses

Judy Clinton

Like many other readers I have enjoyed the contributions sent over the years by Judy Clinton. It was with great sadness that I attended the Memorial Meeting held for Judy in Gloucester on 20 November following her recent, sudden death.

I first got to know Judy in the early 1990s, having met her at an Experiment with Light retreat in Glenthorne. Our friendship developed from there. I consider knowing Judy to have been one of the blessings of my life. I’m sure that there are many who will be saddened by the news of her death.

Carolyn Sansom

Land use

Sue Holden’s letter (29 November) raised some interesting points about land use. It is certainly true that recreating Savannah-type grasslands with (natural populations of) grazing animals is good for countering desertification, and this is part of the case for the current promotion of rewilding.

Eating free-range meat from these grasslands (assuming a drastic overhaul of current methods of transport and slaughter of livestock) may be justifiable. But I hope no one would take this as an excuse to eat meat without checking its provenance.

The major thrust of the vegan argument, for those concerned about climate change, is against industrially-farmed meat (and dairy), which has unquestionably damaging effects in terms of climate change and animal welfare.

Helen Porter

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