Letters to the Editor

The diet of Lent

This Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period before Easter, when many Christians abstain from animal foods in remembrance of Jesus’ 40 days of fasting in the desert before launching his ministry.

But meat-free Lent is much more than a symbol of religious devotion to Christ. It helps reduce the risk of chronic disease, environmental degradation and animal abuse.

Lent offers a superb opportunity to adopt a meat-free diet.

Our supermarket offers a rich array of plant-based meat and dairy alternatives. Entering “vegan recipes” in our favorite search engine offers more products, recipes, and transition tips than we can use.

Owen Abram, Miami