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Regarding the letter from Daniel Barker (“Drink the Wine, Eat the Beer,” Letters, Jan. 7, City Weekly): You don’t make sense. Yes, you mentioned it takes fossil fuel and water to fatten the grain-fed cows. However, it does take water to grow the grass for the cows to eat as well. Unless your grass-fed cows are being slaughtered, hand-carved and shipped to the market by horse carriage, then they do not require fossil fuels—which is not the case.

Let’s get to the beer and wine. Grains are harvested by machines, and most fruit, by hand. However, both are finished using machines run by electricity that is generated by fossil fuels. Beer is fermented in metal containers that are cleaned and reused over and over. Wine, however, is fermented in wooden casks from wood that is harvested from forests or tree farms by—what else?—large machines running on fossil fuel.

Of course, not all the wooden casks are reused, therefore, it takes more resources and fossil fuels to make wine than it does beer. If you’re stepping on that many berries on the sidewalk (though berries are from bushes), then maybe you need to talk to the owners of those “fruit” trees and the community to harvest them, and take the extras that won’t be used to the local shelters. Do not drive them there, though, or you’ll be wasting fuel.

David Jablonski
Salt Lake City

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