Letter: Feeding seaweed to cows? Maybe stop feeding cows to people – The Mercury News

Tons of kelp washed up on Point Pinos in Pacific Grove.

Half-measures just won’t
cut it with climate crisis

Re: “Could feeding seaweed to cows cut methane and help save the planet?” (Mercurynews.com, Dec. 29):

Perhaps the Mercury News should start a regular section titled, “How to stop climate change without really trying.”

Last week we heard about how you can offset guilt about gassing up your Hummer by purchasing carbon offsets (“Should you fly or drive over the holidays? Neither is great for the planet,” Page A6, Mercurynews.com, Dec. 21).

Monday we read how you might soon feel better about throwing another steak on the barbie as long as the cow was fattened up with seaweed.

Wrong! Cattle ranching displaces rainforests, too.

Instead of feeding seaweed to cows, how about we stop feeding cows to people?

I’m all for reducing methane, but we need to all accept the fact that half-measures just don’t cut it.

Doug Peterson
San Jose

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