Down to Earth - - LETTERS -

Our ir­re­sistible ap­petite for meat is dan­ger­ous both for hu­man health and the en­vi­ron­ment. An­timi­cro­bials used in live­stock can leech into wa­ter bod­ies from an­i­mal waste, con­tam­i­nat­ing the en­vi­ron­ment and also pos­ing a health risk. New dis­eases, such as swine flu and mad cow dis­ease, have emerged. Meat pro­duc­tion has been linked to ero­sion of farm­lands and de­struc­tion of rain­forests. Live­stock pro­duc­tion has also been linked to cli­mate change. Philoso­pher Peter Singer has rightly put it: "we are, quite lit­er­ally, gambling with the fu­ture of our planet for the sake of ham­burg­ers."

Think waste

JAY­DEV JANA This is with ref­er­ence to "Garbage gets at­ten­tion" (Septem­ber 1-15, 2014). I hope the gov­ern­ment puts in place a law on the trans­porta­tion of mu­nic­i­pal waste. The cur­rent prac­tice of mu­nic­i­pal trucks clear­ing and trans­port­ing garbage dur­ing peak hours, be­sides be­ing un­de­sir­able, dis­rupts traf­fic. Garbage should be cleared and trans­ported late at night or early in the morn­ing when the roads are not crowded with peo­ple and ve­hi­cles.


Man­age­ment of waste has an im­pact on both hu­man health and en­vi­ron­ment, but this is­sue has been long ig­nored. Ev­ery as­pect of waste man­age­ment— han­dling, stor­age, col­lec­tion, trans­porta­tion, sort­ing, pro­cess­ing and dis­posal—is im­por­tant and must be given due con­sid­er­a­tion.


The ar­ti­cle was thought pro­vok­ing, es­pe­cially all the facts and fig­ures about waste gen­er­a­tion and dis­posal. Prior to this, I never gave garbage much at­ten­tion. Now I re­alise that garbage is eas­ily one of the most ig­nored is­sues in the coun­try. I hope the ar­ti­cle will en­cour­age peo­ple to give waste man­age­ment a thought.



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