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."
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.
SATWIK MUDGAL / CSE