Dear Editor , Thank you for the chance to comment on the 9/16 letter Professor Ørskov sent you. Seemingly, Professor Ørskov fully agrees with the main point of my paper (Ecol. Econ. 23, 189–200). In fact, he puts it even more forcefully than I did—as shown by this direct quote from his letter: “feeding grain to ruminants is biological and economic nonsense … a misuse of arable resources … it is polluting …” The main place we seem to differ is on the global extent of grain feeding to livestock. He seems to think that it is mainly restricted to the USA, where indeed I stated that 68% of grain is fed to livestock. But I understand from FAO’s 1995 figure that I cited that almost 50% of global grains are now fed to livestock, and that this figure is rising. China, for example, recently doubled the proportion of grain fed to livestock, now about 23%, so that it allocates an annual 100 million tons of grain to livestock, on the way to catching up with the USA’s 160 million tons of grain annually fed to livestock. Professor Ørskov states that grain is fed to animals in Japan,
Ecological Economics – Elsevier
Published: Apr 1, 1999
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