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Green diets vs. global warming (eating better may reduce the methane released into atmosphere)
Argus Times ^ | December 26, 2005 | Rama Schneider

Posted on 12/26/2005 7:07:30 PM PST by presidio9

Having one's own personal effect on our growing global warming/climate change crisis is most certainly a multi step program. We often view our choice in automobile as the most efficacious and obvious first move forward, but two assistant professors at the University of Chicago say the gas we want to change may actually be the gastronomic type.

According to a news short titled It's better to green your diet than your car found at the New Scientist web site the two professors "compared the amount of fossil fuel needed to cultivate and process various foods, including running agricultural machinery, providing food for livestock and irrigating crops". They also counted methane and nitrous oxide produced by cows, sheep and manure handling. (Note: in the print edition of New Scientist, Dec 17-23 edition, the article is titled "Green your diet before your car".)

The numbers Gidon Eshel and Pamela Martin present are somewhat surprising: A typical diet for the United States with about 28% animal based foods is responsible for almost one and a half tons more of carbon dioxide than to a purely vegetarian (vegan) diet ... that's per person each year! In one decade that makes for a difference of 15 tons of climate altering, global warming gasses for just one person. (If vegan isn't for you eating poultry can help reduce your gaseous contribution.)

Their second set of numbers makes the surprise more evident. According to Eshel and Martin's paper the annual emissions difference between a typical car and a modern hybrid is a little over one ton. Bearing in mind pickups and SUV's aren't considered ... it may be your first and best step in reducing your ecological footprint could be the food you and your family eat.

This hypothesis is well supported. As E Magazine points out in The Outlook On Oil (E, Jan/Feb, 2006) "the average piece of food travels 1,500 miles before it reaches your plate" and "it takes 10 calories of fossil fuel to produce one calorie of food eaten in the US." That same article informs us the average car uses up between 27 and 54 barrels of oil even before it leaves the factory floor. Astounding.

The really, really great news here is we can, if we chose, have an immediate and positive impact on our global environment by doing something that will strengthen our local Vermont community economies. I see that distance travelled by food and what it takes to build a vehicle as the key ... eating locally grown foods can drastically reduce the green house gasses even without giving up the red meats ... fewer miles driven and less trucks for transport ... know what I mean? Imagine what a locally grown diet of veggies and poultry can do!

All in all it just may be our dietary habits that need reforming first ... and then the car we drive.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: bean; climatechange; globalwarming; globalwarmingping; pullmyfinger; tootyourownhorn; whofarted

1 posted on 12/26/2005 7:07:32 PM PST by presidio9
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To: presidio9

They have pills for this problem


2 posted on 12/26/2005 7:10:03 PM PST by westmichman (Please pray with me for global warming)
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To: farmfriend

Global Warming Theory ping


3 posted on 12/26/2005 7:10:08 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam Is As Islam Does)
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To: westmichman

4 posted on 12/26/2005 7:11:06 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam Is As Islam Does)
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To: presidio9
In one decade that makes for a difference of 15 tons of climate altering, global warming gasses for just one person.

In my experience in elevators, these gases float, so I'm not sure where these pantloads are coming from.

5 posted on 12/26/2005 7:11:42 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: presidio9
Beef, it's whats for dinner.
6 posted on 12/26/2005 7:12:00 PM PST by Lancer_N3502A
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To: presidio9

I just want to know how we control the broccoli content of the cows diets across the globe...


7 posted on 12/26/2005 7:12:01 PM PST by RaceBannon ((Prov 28:1 KJV) The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.)
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To: presidio9

Save the Greenbacks...


8 posted on 12/26/2005 7:13:36 PM PST by Libloather (Merry Christmas)
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To: presidio9

Thanks, I feel better now.


9 posted on 12/26/2005 7:13:52 PM PST by westmichman (Please pray with me for global warming)
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To: presidio9
All veggies doesn't seem to agree with me... thereby compounding the problem....

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10 posted on 12/26/2005 7:16:07 PM PST by paulat
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To: presidio9
Having one's own personal effect on our growing global warming/climate change crisis is most certainly a multi step program.

Everything you need to know about this article is contained within this one poorly constructed sentence.

11 posted on 12/26/2005 7:21:01 PM PST by freedomson (Tagline comment removed by moderator)
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To: presidio9
Let's also plug volcanoes and deforest the Amazon !

Green house gases from eruptions and vegetative decay in rain forests are tremendous.
12 posted on 12/26/2005 7:45:47 PM PST by Tinman73 (Human nature requires We forget the terrible things We see. A truly intelligent person remembers it)
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To: presidio9

When I eat vegies, it gives me more gas. I guess I will keep eating meat.


13 posted on 12/26/2005 7:49:53 PM PST by vpintheak (Liberal = The antithesis of Freedom and Patriotism)
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To: presidio9

Here's a nice little link for the "Greenies" to look over.

http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/Hazards/What/VolGas/volgas.html


14 posted on 12/26/2005 7:50:59 PM PST by Tinman73 (Human nature requires We forget the terrible things We see. A truly intelligent person remembers it)
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To: Tinman73

Kill off all the endangered species to ballance the gas problem..


15 posted on 12/26/2005 7:59:47 PM PST by dalereed
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To: presidio9
Beans, beans are good for your heart...

The more you eat, the more you ...

16 posted on 12/26/2005 8:07:24 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (It is easy to call for a pi$$ing contest when you aren't going to be in the line of fire.)
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To: presidio9

17 posted on 12/26/2005 8:07:52 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: paulat

A new alternative fuel that could provide energy independance. LOL


18 posted on 12/26/2005 8:13:21 PM PST by afnamvet
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To: presidio9

I've been wishing all day I hadn't eaten that week old ham.


19 posted on 12/26/2005 8:14:33 PM PST by Mercat (Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year, oh, and Happy Holy Days)
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To: presidio9; texianyankee; JayB; ElkGroveDan; markman46; palmer; Bahbah; Paradox; FOG724; ...
(((GLOBAL WARMING PING)))



You have been pinged because of your interest in environmentalism, alarmist wackos, mainstream media doomsday hype, and other issues pertaining to global warming. Freep-mail me to get on or off.

20 posted on 12/26/2005 9:20:02 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger (**THE FCC HAS EDITED THIS TAGLINE FOR CONTENT** M-rry Chr-stm-s!!)
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To: presidio9
Before the coming of the white man, there were buffalo as far as the eye could see. The herd would take days to pass...(AND they NEVER FARTED. NOT EVEN ONCE!)

WHointhehelldotheythinktheyarekidding?

If I eat beans, I do my own farting. If I eat beef, the critter farted for me. I like my 'farts by proxy' cooked medium rare, thanks.

My friends and neighbors like it better that way, too!

21 posted on 12/26/2005 9:31:14 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: presidio9

Good grief. Talk about desperate. The vegans will say anything to gain converts these days.


22 posted on 12/26/2005 9:36:04 PM PST by Windcatcher (Earth to libs: MARXISM DOESN'T SELL HERE. Try somewhere else.)
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To: westmichman
"They have pills for this problem"

And there's no bigger pill than the authoress of this tripe.

She's vice-chair of the Vermont Green Party.
23 posted on 12/26/2005 9:40:27 PM PST by decal (Mother Nature and Real Life are conservatives; the Progs have never figured this out.)
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To: presidio9

Rama is an idiot.

Besides, don't vegetarians eat most of the highly fartable materials?


24 posted on 12/26/2005 9:46:55 PM PST by Zman516 ("Allah" is Satan, actually.)
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To: presidio9
(If vegan isn't for you eating poultry can help reduce your gaseous contribution.)

Yeah, sure, like those beans that vegans eat aren't contributing to the 'gas' in the atmosphere!

25 posted on 12/27/2005 12:55:48 AM PST by SuziQ
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To: westmichman
"pill for this problem"

The only solution for the problem afflicting the writer of this article is a frontal lobotomy.

26 posted on 12/27/2005 3:07:13 AM PST by driftless ( For life-long happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: driftless
The only solution for the problem afflicting the writer of this article is a frontal lobotomy.

Actually, I think that was the CAUSE of her problem.

27 posted on 12/27/2005 10:30:16 AM PST by Still Thinking (I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.)
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To: presidio9
The author responds.

Oh and Rama, posters on Free Republic may add an editorial or descriptive comment to article titles in parentheses or brackets. Actually, you should count your blessings as your article deserved a barf alert. LOL.

28 posted on 12/31/2005 5:51:11 AM PST by Quilla
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To: presidio9

Eat cabbage turn you land into seaside property.


29 posted on 12/31/2005 5:52:29 AM PST by stocksthatgoup ("It's inexcusable to tell us to 'connect the dots' and not give us the tools to do so." G W Bush)
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To: presidio9

I love it when liberals marginalize themselves.


30 posted on 12/31/2005 5:55:11 AM PST by Casloy
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To: presidio9

This guy thinks eating more beans and cabbage is going to reduce farting? I don't think so.


31 posted on 12/31/2005 5:57:16 AM PST by Ditter
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To: decal
Did someone say tripe?


32 posted on 12/31/2005 7:03:02 AM PST by Darnright (Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic.)
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