Heifer Project International - Inhumanity in the Name of Humanity
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Heifer Project International - Inhumanity in the Name of Humanity
Comments by: Stephen Kaufman - 24 Oct 2003

I think that, overall, world hunger is best met by focusing on plant-based diets. However, in terms of feeding humans, there may be a place for animal agriculture.

I stress that many "uses" of animals may cause animal suffering, which raises important ethical issues. But, if we restrict our attention to the issue of feeding people, I don't see things as black-and-white.

There are places where grasses grow upon which animals may feed, but the ground is not useful for agriculture due to insufficient rain, poor quality soil, uneven and/or rocky terrain, or other reasons. Animal foods can provide much-needed protein, and animals can be used to help till soils to grow food, including vegetables.

I'm not endorsing HPI (and I don't approve of images that suggest that the relationship between the people and animals is loving and compassionate, because often it isn't), but I think that animal agriculture may help alleviate hunger in certain circumstances.


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