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UN says eat less meat to curb global warming (barf alert)
The Guardian ^ | 9/7/2008 | Juliette Jowit

Posted on 09/06/2008 5:58:34 PM PDT by markomalley

People should have one meat-free day a week if they want to make a personal and effective sacrifice that would help tackle climate change, the world's leading authority on global warming has told The Observer

Dr Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which last year earned a joint share of the Nobel Peace Prize, said that people should then go on to reduce their meat consumption even further.

His comments are the most controversial advice yet provided by the panel on how individuals can help tackle global warning.

Pachauri, who was re-elected the panel's chairman for a second six-year term last week, said diet change was important because of the huge greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental problems - including habitat destruction - associated with rearing cattle and other animals. It was relatively easy to change eating habits compared to changing means of transport, he said.

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation has estimated that meat production accounts for nearly a fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions. These are generated during the production of animal feeds, for example, while ruminants, particularly cows, emit methane, which is 23 times more effective as a global warming agent than carbon dioxide. The agency has also warned that meat consumption is set to double by the middle of the century.

'In terms of immediacy of action and the feasibility of bringing about reductions in a short period of time, it clearly is the most attractive opportunity,' said Pachauri. 'Give up meat for one day [a week] initially, and decrease it from there,' said the Indian economist, who is a vegetarian.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: climatechange; environment; foodsupply; un; uselessnations
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Well, I think I'm going to go out and cook a beef roast on a wood fire tonight. A little late, but it's for a good cause!
1 posted on 09/06/2008 5:58:34 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Wow, and here I thought tire guages have already solved all our energy and global warming problems.


2 posted on 09/06/2008 6:01:05 PM PDT by Always Right (Obama: more arrogant than Bill Clinton, more naive than Jimmy Carter, and more liberal than LBJ.)
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To: markomalley

What? UN still exists ?? MAybe we should turn off electricity to UN headquarters to reduce global warming.


3 posted on 09/06/2008 6:02:12 PM PDT by sidewinder009
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To: markomalley

I grilled steak and chicken last weekend and grilled again tonight. Man it was so good. I’ll do it every time I can.


4 posted on 09/06/2008 6:02:16 PM PDT by onlylewis (libs want a two class system, one rich one poor)
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To: markomalley
if they want to make a personal and effective sacrifice that would help tackle climate change

I don't want to make any MORE sacrifices for the UN.

UN out of the US

US out of the UN

5 posted on 09/06/2008 6:02:20 PM PDT by Ouderkirk (I will not vote for Obama not because he is black, but because he is RED)
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To: markomalley

Wasn’t there a report somewhere out that said cow dung produces methane gas. If there’s global warming, wouldn’t one need to eat meat to end methane gas. Just pondering. :)


6 posted on 09/06/2008 6:04:05 PM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: markomalley

7 posted on 09/06/2008 6:04:17 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: markomalley
El Cid says that disbanding the UN will significantly reduce Global Warming.

C'mon, lets do it for the chidrun...

8 posted on 09/06/2008 6:04:25 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: markomalley

I’m sorry, but I’m a meatatarian;
it’s a commitment I’ve made...


9 posted on 09/06/2008 6:05:08 PM PDT by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D. - "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: markomalley

No way. I am from Texas and I eat my beef.


10 posted on 09/06/2008 6:06:33 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: markomalley

It seems to me that if we replace the beef with the protien equivalent in beans, we will not have mitigated the methane problem at all but just shifted the blame from cow flatulence to vegan flatualance. Pretty soon, every family dinner will look like the campfire scene from Blazing Saddles.


11 posted on 09/06/2008 6:06:35 PM PDT by tbpiper (Obama/Biden: Instead of Ebony and Ivory, we have Arrogance and Insolence.)
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To: markomalley

The UN — definitely not mooseburger-friendly.


12 posted on 09/06/2008 6:06:55 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo (Obama wants to raise taxes and kill babies; Palin wants to raise babies and kill taxes)
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To: markomalley
Less UN would also curb globull warming.
13 posted on 09/06/2008 6:08:16 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.)
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To: tbpiper

Hey are you one of my neighbors?????


14 posted on 09/06/2008 6:08:57 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.)
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To: markomalley
Wow, first post I've read since dinner.

I had a fillet of moose that Palin killed by winking at it cooked over a fire with the wood from the trees that Berkeley just cut down.

15 posted on 09/06/2008 6:10:02 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (OBAMA: He was a flop before he became a flipper.)
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To: markomalley
UN says eat less meat to curb global warming

Yeah, yeah, yeah. We already know. Your boy Zerobama already told us. And we're supposed to contact you guys when we want to drive our SUV. Yeah, yeah, yeah.

16 posted on 09/06/2008 6:11:18 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (McCain/Palin '08! Real change you won't have to "believe in." You'll be able to see it!!!)
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To: markomalley

They are not going to be happy until we’re vegetarians wearing togas and sandals ... and living in tee pees.


17 posted on 09/06/2008 6:13:18 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (PALIN-MANIA ... I haz it!)
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To: markomalley

The UN has been chewing cud for years. Now they want us to. Sorry but veggies is what food eats.


18 posted on 09/06/2008 6:14:17 PM PDT by BuffaloJack
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To: markomalley

Save The World...Eat Nobel Prize Winners.

What a bunch of fruitcakes.

They can have my meat when they take it from my cold dead hands.......


19 posted on 09/06/2008 6:15:39 PM PDT by Gator113 (Drill here, drill now...... or die.)
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To: mad_as_he$$
Hey are you one of my neighbors?????

Why, do you need your mower back?

20 posted on 09/06/2008 6:15:46 PM PDT by tbpiper (Obama/Biden: Instead of Ebony and Ivory, we have Arrogance and Insolence.)
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To: markomalley
Sacrifice. That is all these guy understand. Now they are not talking about themselves, mind you, they are talking about you and me. Sacrifice.

No thanks.

21 posted on 09/06/2008 6:17:27 PM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: markomalley
Gosh....I forgot...Where is old Kofi Anan these days?

What resort community does he call home now that he is out of the money trough?

22 posted on 09/06/2008 6:20:25 PM PDT by pointsal
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To: markomalley
Your should have said “fart” alert, not “barf” alert. Everyone knows that eating meat causes greenhouse gasses . . . as does lentils, grains, greens . . . heck everything causes greenhouse gasses.

On the other hand, maybe we need to eat more of that stuff, preferably grilled, since sun spot activity has just about ceased. I think its going to get cold.

23 posted on 09/06/2008 6:21:23 PM PDT by lmsii (Sarah Palin is not a feminist. . . She is a woman.)
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To: markomalley

Yea, alright U.N., I’ll keep that in mind as I throw some pork chops in the skillet tonight.


24 posted on 09/06/2008 6:21:37 PM PDT by kb2614 (Hell hath no fury than a bureaucrat scorned)
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To: markomalley

25 posted on 09/06/2008 6:21:50 PM PDT by Malone LaVeigh
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To: markomalley; calcowgirl; The Spirit Of Allegiance; Entrepreneur; Defendingliberty; WL-law; ...


Beam me to Planet Gore !

26 posted on 09/06/2008 6:22:52 PM PDT by steelyourfaith
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To: Malone LaVeigh

LOL!!


27 posted on 09/06/2008 6:23:48 PM PDT by SFConservative
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To: markomalley
I know it might be hard for those of us already on the carnivore end of the diet scale, but if we really try I'm sure we can double up on meat to cancel out the handful of idiots that actually follow UN orders.


28 posted on 09/06/2008 6:24:02 PM PDT by BobbyT
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To: markomalley

News staffers at the RNC said they were happy to be there with real vittles! The DNC tried to go healthy and served celery sticks, etc.

(Heard it on my radio news.)


29 posted on 09/06/2008 6:27:00 PM PDT by littlehouse36
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To: markomalley

For the sake of the planet I’ve given up the $70/lb. custom Kobe beef steaks. It was tough but if that’s what it takes....


30 posted on 09/06/2008 6:29:25 PM PDT by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: InterceptPoint
We made a sacrifice just last weekend.

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I won't mention the HUGE buffalo roast we had with this. I don't want to sound like a pig.

31 posted on 09/06/2008 6:30:17 PM PDT by bigheadfred (FREE EVAN VELA, freeevanvela.com)
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To: Always Right

I can remember when we were told to turn out the lights when we left the room — that would fix everything. . . . .


32 posted on 09/06/2008 6:31:51 PM PDT by i_dont_chat (The elephant is dancing for the lady from Alaska)
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To: markomalley

Think I’ll order a nice steak at work for dinner tonight.


33 posted on 09/06/2008 6:34:39 PM PDT by BigCinBigD ("<center><embed src="http://www.countdownclockcodes.com/cd/ccc-vacation/show.swf?clickURL=http://www)
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To: lilylangtree

That was my first thought when I read this..so in order to fulfill my global obligation to stop global warming, I must make the supreme sacrifice and have a nice grilled double cheeseburger with the works....notice that not only will I eat a double portion of meat I am willing to go to the nth degree and include some delicious cheese.


34 posted on 09/06/2008 6:36:19 PM PDT by leenie312 (learly and effectively)
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To: Gator113

“They can have my meat when they take it from my cold dead hands.......”

Did you really think that through before you wrote it?

LOL.


35 posted on 09/06/2008 6:37:37 PM PDT by BigCinBigD ("<center><embed src="http://www.countdownclockcodes.com/cd/ccc-vacation/show.swf?clickURL=http://www)
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To: i_dont_chat

Does fish count as meat to these yahoos? Cuz I made tilapia for supper. The kids had fish sticks. I would have made hamburgers instead just to spite this advice.

I make it a point to slam the UN whenever it comes up in conversation. However, none of my friends or family think too highly of them so I end up preaching to the choir.


36 posted on 09/06/2008 6:39:13 PM PDT by 1scrappymom
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To: BigCinBigD
“They can have my meat when they take it from my cold dead hands.......”

At least there wasn't a picture...

37 posted on 09/06/2008 6:43:28 PM PDT by bigheadfred (FREE EVAN VELA, freeevanvela.com)
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To: markomalley

Once the word of this gets out, I wonder how many people in the meat industry will be voting for liberals in any party (and in any country) in the world.


38 posted on 09/06/2008 6:50:46 PM PDT by Bishop_Malachi (Liberal Socialism - A philosophy which advocates spreading a low standard of living equally.)
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To: markomalley
Anybody gonna tell the UN what they can eat?
39 posted on 09/06/2008 6:51:33 PM PDT by hunter112 (Gov. Palin is ten times the woman Hillary could've hoped to be, if she had stayed a "Goldwater Girl")
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To: Redbob

I’m a carnivorian, too.

I live in a high rise, but my cast iron ribbed grill pan works great for ribeyes, teriyaki chicken, pork tenderloin, etc.

Screw these U.N. veggie supremacists! It’s about nothing other than America-hatred, IMHO.


40 posted on 09/06/2008 6:52:02 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("My bullets are dipped in pig grease.")
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To: markomalley
When plants decay, they create methane gas which is a much more powerful greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.

The obvious solution is to feed all plant material to animals, and then eat the animals.

A small tub of lard contains approximately as many calories (IE, food energy) as an olympic sized swimming pool filled with green leafy vegetables. If we are to fight global warming through our diet, then the sale of green leafy vegetables should cease immediately.

The most calorically dense food which leaves the smallest carbon footprint in the world is WHALE BLUBBER, though whale meat is a good by-product of harvesting blubber, and other sea creatures are a rich, low-carbon-footprint protein source.

The land-based protein source which uses the smallest amount land/labor/capital to produce is insects and other bugs. If we are serious about conserving resources to reduce global warming, then we should immediately demand an insect-based diet as part of our food supply.
41 posted on 09/06/2008 6:54:11 PM PDT by Question Liberal Authority (Obama Is For People Who Write US Magazine. Sarah Palin Is For People Who Read US Magazine.)
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To: markomalley

The real truth is that you would be less intrusive on the environment if you ate more meat. Growing ARUGULA takes a lot of land, mechanized machinery and manpower, especially if you take into account and compare the nutrients and the calories.

Much of the beef is backgrounded on lands that are marginal and then fattened for a short time before going to market.


42 posted on 09/06/2008 6:57:31 PM PDT by tiki (True Christians will not deliberately slander or misrepresent others or their beliefs)
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To: markomalley

Yeah, that’s great, UN. Lets just reduce our meat consumption by 1 day a week... and screw the farmers and ranchers who will take a 1/7th reduction in revenue for it. Yeah, that’s a great idea.

Here’s another great idea, Mr. UN. How’s about you and your leaf eating Gia slaves do everyone a favor and link arms and head down to the Soilent Green factory. How’s that hit ya? Ya like that idea?

Pass the steak sauce.


43 posted on 09/06/2008 7:01:17 PM PDT by navyguy (Some days you are the pigeon, some days you are the statue.)
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To: BigCinBigD

LOL...No, apparently I didn’t.


44 posted on 09/06/2008 7:01:45 PM PDT by Gator113 (Drill here, drill now...... or die.)
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To: Question Liberal Authority

When plants decay, they create methane gas which is a much more powerful greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

That’s true but they want the world to think that the fake global warming is caused by cow flatulance.


45 posted on 09/06/2008 7:01:54 PM PDT by tiki (True Christians will not deliberately slander or misrepresent others or their beliefs)
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To: markomalley

If I eat less meat and it dose stop globule warming. Where will I get my leather coat to wear because it is so cold?


46 posted on 09/06/2008 7:04:51 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (Real change actually changes something.)
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To: markomalley

Global warming is an excuse the global elites are using to take control over us. This is one way they will take control of the food supply.


47 posted on 09/06/2008 7:10:13 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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“The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation has estimated that meat production accounts for nearly a fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions. These are generated during the production of animal feeds, for example...”

Right. And the Good People of Earth will generate crop substitutes for meat by doing what, exactly?

Er.

Tilling the soil, perhaps?

Consider the animal by-products that currently find their way into manufacturing. Be ready to clearcut more trees and drain more wetlands to substitute plant by-products. It’s perfectly OK. The aboriginals won’t mind giving up their land. And in the remote possibility they protest, well, the new cropland will need fertilizer, Comrade.


48 posted on 09/06/2008 7:11:41 PM PDT by Titan Magroyne ("Drill now drill hard drill often and give old Gaia a cigarette afterwards she deserves it." HerrBlu)
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To: markomalley

“People should have one meat-free day a week if they want to make a personal and effective sacrifice that would help tackle climate change,”

I’ll have meat at every meal thank you.

I’ll also just go drive around just to be driving around to counter some of the freaks tht believe that AH!

My footprint will be bigger than yours no matter what you do!


49 posted on 09/06/2008 7:18:26 PM PDT by dalereed (both)
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To: markomalley

People should have two meat-free days most weeks, and a long stretch of them before Pascha and Christimas, and shorter stretches before the Feast of SS. Peter and Paul and the Dormition of the Theotokos. Oh, and lay off the stuff on January 5th, August 29th and Sept. 14th as well (on whichever calendar you’re using).

Of course, don’t forget to eat meat all week the week after Pascha and from Christmas to the Vigil of Theophany, and during the week following the Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican.

Unless of course you’re a monk or a nun, in which case you should lay off the stuff entirely (except fish).

[:-)====

(That’s an Orthodox Christian monastic smiley, in case you’ve not seen it before. Of course, implicit in my suggestion is the idea that the whole of humanity would be better off embracing the original-issue version of Christianity—now usually called Eastern Orthodoxy—and keeping the fasts.)


50 posted on 09/06/2008 8:27:18 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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