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MEAT AND THE PLANET:Livestock are responsible for about 18 percent of the global warming effect
ncpa.org ^ | December 28, 2006

Posted on 12/28/2006 12:26:53 PM PST by InvisibleChurch

As the human population continues to multiply -- and our biological footprint on the planet becomes larger -- so do all the things associated with us, including our livestock, says the New York Times.

For example, according to a new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations:

At present, there are about 1.5 billion cattle and domestic buffalo and about 1.7 billion sheep and goats in the world. Global livestock grazing and feed production use 30 percent of the land surface of the planet. Livestock -- which consume more food than they yield -- also compete directly with humans for water. But what is even more striking, and alarming, are their effects on the environment:

Livestock are responsible for about 18 percent of the global warming effect, more than transportation's contribution. The culprits are methane -- the natural result of bovine digestion -- and the nitrogen emitted by manure. Deforestation adds to the effect; the drive to expand grazing land destroys more biologically sensitive terrain, rain forests especially, than anything else. There are no easy trade-offs when it comes to global warming -- such as cutting back on cattle to make room for cars, says the Times. The human passion for meat is certainly not about to end anytime soon. Our health and the health of the planet depend on pushing livestock production in more sustainable directions.

Source: Editorial, "Meat and the Planet," New York Times, December 27, 2006.

For text:

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/27/opinion/27wed4.html

For full report:

http://www.virtualcentre.org/en/library/key_pub/longshad/A0701E00.pdf

For more on Environment Issues:

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_Category=31


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: eatingmeat; globalwarming; greenieweenies; itswhatsfordinner; junkscience; nannystate; un; unitednations; vegans
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1 posted on 12/28/2006 12:26:59 PM PST by InvisibleChurch
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To: InvisibleChurch

You can have by Bacon Cheese Burger when you pry it from my cold dead hands!!!


2 posted on 12/28/2006 12:29:59 PM PST by Doomonyou (I voted and all I got was a FUBAR Congress.)
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To: InvisibleChurch
Livestock are responsible for about 18 percent of the global warming effect

I'm eating them as fast as I can, but dang - somebody's got to help me out here...

3 posted on 12/28/2006 12:30:06 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: InvisibleChurch

First thing to do is stop eating immediately.

Save the planet!


4 posted on 12/28/2006 12:30:28 PM PST by JmyBryan
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To: InvisibleChurch

I'm doing all I can to prevent Global Warming...where's my porterhouse?


5 posted on 12/28/2006 12:30:47 PM PST by JRios1968 (Tagline wanted...inquire within)
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To: InvisibleChurch

fart 'em if you got 'em


6 posted on 12/28/2006 12:31:39 PM PST by rhombus
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To: InvisibleChurch

Talk about picking battles they can't win.

Go for it, enviroweenies.

Outlaw burgers.

I'll get the popcorn.


7 posted on 12/28/2006 12:31:42 PM PST by samtheman (The Democrats are the DhimmiGods of the New Religion of PC)
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To: InvisibleChurch

but .. but ... but I thought we were killing off the biosphere and all the fauna within ?!?!


8 posted on 12/28/2006 12:31:48 PM PST by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Should read: Source: Editorial, "Meatheads and the Planet," New York Times, December 27, 2006.


9 posted on 12/28/2006 12:32:25 PM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: InvisibleChurch
At present, there are about 1.5 billion cattle and domestic buffalo and about 1.7 billion sheep and goats in the world. Global livestock grazing and feed production use 30 percent of the land surface of the planet.

And 82% of all statistics are made up on the spot.

Livestock take up 1/3 of all available land? Please. If the author is lying, the lies should at least be plausible.

10 posted on 12/28/2006 12:32:33 PM PST by wbill
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To: InvisibleChurch

Wait a minute, I thought my SUV was going to cause Manhattan to be drowned when the polar ice caps melted! algore said so!


11 posted on 12/28/2006 12:32:44 PM PST by cardinal4
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To: InvisibleChurch
With thanks to Dilbert, I say:

If we all opened our refrigerators at the same time, it just might slow down global warming.
12 posted on 12/28/2006 12:32:49 PM PST by Lokibob (Greatest snow on earth. www.utahweatherlinks.com)
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To: InvisibleChurch

And how much carbon dioxide is generated by the planets plant life. If these enviroidiots had their way ... they would sterilize the planet to end their "global warming" myth


13 posted on 12/28/2006 12:33:50 PM PST by clamper1797 (Kerry does support the troops ... just not ours)
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To: Doomonyou
You can have by Bacon Cheese Burger when you pry it from my cold dead hands!!!

Same goes for my medium-rare rib eye!

14 posted on 12/28/2006 12:34:42 PM PST by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: InvisibleChurch
Aww, man, nothing about all the particulate pollution from cooking meat over fires?
15 posted on 12/28/2006 12:34:49 PM PST by kingu (No, I don't use sarcasm tags - it confuses people.)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Title should have been: "Vegetarians Responsible For Global Warming"


16 posted on 12/28/2006 12:35:20 PM PST by ImAmericanFirst (www.gopteamleader.com <--Let's Start Working on 2008 NOW! (Formerly MaineVoter2002))
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To: InvisibleChurch
There are no easy trade-offs when it comes to global warming -- such as cutting back on cattle to make room for cars, says the Times

Simple. Build enough steak restaraunts so everyone has one within walking distance and they won't have to drive.

17 posted on 12/28/2006 12:35:35 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: InvisibleChurch

It sounds to me as if they want to open hunting seasons 24/7/365 on elephants, hippos, gnus, elk, buffalo, reindeer, mule and whitetail deer, caribou, horses, zebra, mules, cows, sheep, goats, and any other hoofed animal on the face of this earth.


18 posted on 12/28/2006 12:35:55 PM PST by B4Ranch (Press "1" for English, or Press "2" and you will be disconnected until you learn to speak English.)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Here comes PETA!


19 posted on 12/28/2006 12:36:00 PM PST by marsh_of_mists
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To: cardinal4
Manhattan will be destroyed by polar bears surfing sheets of ice into the sides of skyscrapers. Don't believe me? Here's a picture of one of them right here.


20 posted on 12/28/2006 12:36:11 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (The default mode of the heart is set for Drift.)
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To: InvisibleChurch

There is but one answer. Soylent green.


21 posted on 12/28/2006 12:36:24 PM PST by sgtbono2002 (The fourth estate is a fifth column.)
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To: rhombus

What about the human contribution to methane, I wonder.


22 posted on 12/28/2006 12:38:13 PM PST by wastedyears ("By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Doomonyou
W.WW..WWWell......maybe we should kill them and stop this insanity! Wait...er...uhh.....we already do...

I know!...we should make it a criminal offense to fart...

23 posted on 12/28/2006 12:38:13 PM PST by Gaffer
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To: InvisibleChurch

24 posted on 12/28/2006 12:38:48 PM PST by JJR RNCH (Your mother doesn't work here!! Clean up after YOURSELF.)
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To: sgtbono2002
There is but one answer. Soylent green.

Now would the French Fries be made of real Frenchpersons?

25 posted on 12/28/2006 12:38:53 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (The default mode of the heart is set for Drift.)
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To: InvisibleChurch
maybe we have some entomologist out there, I understand bugs are responsible for the most
26 posted on 12/28/2006 12:39:58 PM PST by SF Republican
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To: wastedyears
"What about the human contribution to methane, I wonder."

Damn.... busted! O.K. I admit, some of that was me....

27 posted on 12/28/2006 12:40:40 PM PST by RightResponse (It depends on what the defamation of Islam is .....)
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To: InvisibleChurch

LOL!


28 posted on 12/28/2006 12:41:11 PM PST by wastedyears ("By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: sgtbono2002

It's people!


29 posted on 12/28/2006 12:41:26 PM PST by wastedyears ("By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: InvisibleChurch
Something doesn't seem right here. If the cattle herds today are producing too much methane; what were the great buffalo herds and their buffalo patties doing some centuries ago? In other words, what is the domestic animal population of today, compared to the wild animal population of yesteryear?
30 posted on 12/28/2006 12:42:19 PM PST by NGC 6822 ((If you're not careful, you may learn one new thing every day.))
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To: InvisibleChurch

This is now a DEAD story.

Methane levels in the atmosphere have stabilized and might be falling now. The cattle herds are safe again.

http://www.cmdl.noaa.gov/aggi/aggi-web-fig2.png

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2006-11/uoc--loi112006.php


31 posted on 12/28/2006 12:42:31 PM PST by JustDoItAlways
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To: InvisibleChurch
I wonder what percentage of Global warming is being generated buy these junk science blow-hards...80%?

I know Al Gore is good for at least 10%


32 posted on 12/28/2006 12:42:54 PM PST by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: InvisibleChurch
a problem with livestock farting? i think i know a man who can help us!
33 posted on 12/28/2006 12:43:03 PM PST by mmmRamen (i could use a clever tagline)
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To: wastedyears

You're right! And pass the beans, please....


34 posted on 12/28/2006 12:43:29 PM PST by RightResponse (It depends on what the defamation of Islam is .....)
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To: InvisibleChurch

This thread is useless without useless charts. ;)

35 posted on 12/28/2006 12:43:33 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Doomonyou; Izzy Dunne

They want us all to become VEGANS!.............I KNEW THERE WAS A CONSPIRACY!!!!.......


36 posted on 12/28/2006 12:43:46 PM PST by Red Badger (New! HeadOn Hemorrhoid Medication for Liberals!.........Apply directly to forehead.........)
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To: Red Badger
"They want us all to become VEGANS!.............I KNEW THERE WAS A CONSPIRACY!!!!......."

Vegans smell funny without farting...

37 posted on 12/28/2006 12:45:40 PM PST by RightResponse (It depends on what the defamation of Islam is .....)
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To: InvisibleChurch; Kenny Bunk; Grampa Dave

Slightly off topic, but by unusual event this week I acquired a substantial amount of reindeer meat.

Anyone have good recipes for me?


38 posted on 12/28/2006 12:46:42 PM PST by Shermy
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To: cardinal4
Wait a minute, I thought my SUV was going to cause Manhattan to be drowned when the polar ice caps melted! algore said so!

algore wants you to kill as many cattle as you can with your SUV until it's totaled and inoperable.

Then you will be crowned "King of the Hippies" for a day.
39 posted on 12/28/2006 12:46:57 PM PST by Thrownatbirth (.....when the sidewalks are safe for the little guy.)
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To: wbill
Global livestock grazing and feed production use 30 percent of the land surface of the planet.

This author obviously has not sat in a window seat when traversing flyover country, else he couldn't spout this crap with a straight face. Look down idiot! There isn't any corn growing on the Rocky Mountains or in the Southwest desert. Utah's kind of barren too.

40 posted on 12/28/2006 12:47:06 PM PST by WideGlide (That light at the end of the tunnel might be a muzzle flash.)
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To: Shermy
"Slightly off topic, but by unusual event this week I acquired a substantial amount of reindeer meat. Anyone have good recipes for me?"

Add some pork, and mail it to Gitmo...

41 posted on 12/28/2006 12:49:19 PM PST by RightResponse (It depends on what the defamation of Islam is .....)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Put Beano in the livestock feed!


42 posted on 12/28/2006 12:49:59 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: clamper1797
I believe plants give off oxygen.

Carolyn

43 posted on 12/28/2006 12:51:47 PM PST by CDHart ("It's too late to work within the system and too early to shoot the b@#$%^&s."--Claire Wolfe)
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To: InvisibleChurch
One answer: Eat more veal and lamb. Don't give the critters much time to warm the globe.
44 posted on 12/28/2006 12:51:54 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Baker's Iraq Surrender Group - warming up the last helicopter out of Baghdad.)
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To: WideGlide

Hey! don't be putting facts out, when BS is the meat of the day!


45 posted on 12/28/2006 12:52:36 PM PST by Issaquahking (Trust can't be bought)
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To: Shermy
Slightly off topic, but by unusual event this week I acquired a substantial amount of reindeer meat.

Did the old man with the toys survive or did you get to keep those too?

46 posted on 12/28/2006 12:53:27 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Baker's Iraq Surrender Group - warming up the last helicopter out of Baghdad.)
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To: InvisibleChurch

MEAT AND THE PLANET

As Dave Barry might say, "Great name for a rock band."

LOL!


47 posted on 12/28/2006 12:55:40 PM PST by upchuck (How to win the WOT? Simple: set our rules of engagement to at least match those of our enemy.)
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To: InvisibleChurch
We're all DOOMED I tell ya........DOOMED!


48 posted on 12/28/2006 12:56:16 PM PST by traditional1
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To: WideGlide
...I was thinking a little bigger. Greenland and Antartica for instance. Also, most of Australia, Northern Canada, Northern Russia, and anything identified as a 'Rain Forest' or 'Desert'.

Maybe the author could make an argument for 1/3 of arable farmland going to livestock. But I think that would be a stretch, as well.

49 posted on 12/28/2006 12:57:20 PM PST by wbill
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To: Shermy

No recipes but that red nose will make a fine table decoration.


50 posted on 12/28/2006 12:57:55 PM PST by saganite (Billions and billions and billions-------and that's just the NASA budget!)
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