Regarding the article by Robert Paarlberg, “The Environmental Upside of Modern Farming” (Feb. 6 WSJ), The views expressed from an ivory tower academic with an anti-meat agenda should be taken with a grain of salt.
He assumes livestock are evil because they produce methane and manure? Where is the proof, real proof, not computer models, that methane can change the weather? In confinement operations we are beginning to capture methane to use for energy, by the way.
As a cattle farmer, I question his assertion that manure is a bad thing. It is highly prized, not just for known elements like in the chemical fertilizers his utopia would have us use, but for obviously undiscovered benefits to crop production. Well managed farms prevent pollution from manure because it is a valuable resource.
Although pigs and chickens do not flourish on pasture, cattle have the ability to utilize unusable flood prone and otherwise useless land and convert it to food.
I remember, as a kid, the prospect that we will all be eating food from a toothpaste tube. Mr. Paarlberg can have it. I just hope his “School of Government” can leave the rest of us alone in it’s crusade for a “sustainable” world.