Letters to the Editor

Diet and drought

Mr. John Peschong’s real concern (“During drought, don’t blame cheeseburgers,” June 14) is stated early on: The currently maligned beef industry is important to our economy. I’d be more empathetic if eating beef contributed to our wellbeing. Quite the opposite.

We would do better to support our economy, and our bodies as well, by purchasing produce at our many local farmers markets and accompanying a meatless meal with a glass of nondairy milk.

If flushing a toilet — or not — is a personal contribution to conserving our water supply, then so is what we choose to eat.

And eating in a more healthful and conservative fashion will lessen the burden each of us places on our health care system.

So, go ahead and have that cheeseburger on the Fourth — and pay for your own cardiac care.