Re "Less milk would be good" (Letters, Jan. 1): People not only need to eliminate eating milk products as letter writer Linda Meeks points. Our state also needs to stop subsidizing breeding cows, and spay the ones we have.
California officials identify animal agriculture as the major source of nitrate pollution in groundwater. Animal waste contains disease-causing pathogens. More than 40 diseases can be transferred to humans through manure, which can be transferred into edible crops.
The antibiotics added to animal feed every year to speed livestock growth contributes to the rise of resistant bacteria, making it harder to treat human illnesses. We don't need cows when we can no longer environmentally sustain feeding nor them using up our water supplies.
-- Michelle Kunert, Sacramento