In this Dec. 9, 2015, file photo, cattle graze in a pasture against a backdrop of wind turbines near Vesper, Kan. Credit: Charlie Riedel / AP

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Nebraska roots urged us to respond to the Jan. 12 BDN Opinion page, when David Wainer (Bloomberg News)  wrote of the challenges surrounding meat price inflation and the need for an overhaul. Agreed! What are American families to do? For special occasions our family loves a good corn-fed Nebraska steak — which we have reduced to two or three times a year, max. This is a no-brainer in an era when we must create serious change to save our planet.

Our family’s new favorite dishes include plant-based Impossible Burger and Impossible Sausage which we now prefer over hamburger and pork sausage. The flavor is uncompromised. More importantly, though, is the satisfaction of knowing there is less burden on our earth. One pound of ground beef requires 440 gallons of water. Due to the ruminant traits of beef and lamb, meat production emits  hundreds of billions of pounds of methane annually. Imagine feeding our planet while decreasing this amount of methane on our planet. “Big government” cannot do this. We must do this.

People should consider changing their diet. It will make us all feel better in so many ways!  

Patricia Stowell

Peter VerLee