The Cow Turns Green

The Cow Turns Green

Mac Margolis

NEWSWEEK

Vilified as an environmental disaster, the meat industry, abetted by science, is now trying to change its ways.

Few creatures would seem as beneficent as the cow. Properly grazed and groomed, it gives us burgers and brie, boot leather and fertilizer. Lately, however, radical green groups and celebrity vegans like Paul McCartney have made cows out to be weapons of mass destruction: not only has their meat caused an epidemic of hypertension and heart disease, but they also trample rainforests, trash the soil, and foul the air with greenhouse gases.

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