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Got the following email from MNB reader Claire Tenscher:

I’d like to elaborate on the New York Times statement that ‘the world’s growing appetite for soy and other agricultural crops’ is leading to deforestation in the amazon.’

While that statement is at face value true, it could lead someone to believe that tofu loving vegetarians are eating the rainforest. In reality, “about 85 percent of the world's soybeans are processed, or "crushed," annually into soybean meal and oil. Approximately 98 percent of the soybean meal that is crushed is further processed into animal feed with the balance used to make soy flour and proteins.” Biofuel, animal feed, and cooking oil (our margarine, mayo and French fries)  are the true culprits here with production driven by our appetite for meat and cheap oil.

I loved this email about the passing of actor Bill Paxton, from MNB reader Gordon Earp:

My favorite of his films (with more than a little bias) was Bill Paxton's portrayal of Morgan Earp in the movie Tombstone with Kurt Russell (Wyatt Earp), Sam Elliot (Virgil Earp), and Val Kilmer (Doc Holliday).

I love that one of Wyatt Earp's descendants reads MNB. It just makes me so happy.

This reaction to our mention yesterday of "Italian piada sandwiches." MNB reader Richard Lowe wanted to know what they were, so he looked them up:

Never heard of this! Love the title. FANCY ITALIAN WORD FOR A QUESADILLA!

And since quesadillas are one of the world's great foods, this is a good thing.

And finally, one MNB user had this comment about our mention of the Oscar winners:

I’m proud to admit that I watched none of the movies, know none of the actors and could give a rats a** about Hollywood at all.

So I guess our book, "THE BIG PICTURE: Essential Business Lessons from the Movies," wasn't a must-have in your house. Oh, well.

I know the movies are not for everyone, but I like them, so I'm going to continue to write about them when it seems relevant. Or, when I just feel like it.

Because I think that they can be a wonderful shared experience, an art form that can enlighten and illuminate and entertain, and a place to learn lessons applicable to how we live and work. Not always, but more than one would think.
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