Skip to comments.MEAT AND THE PLANET:Livestock are responsible for about 18 percent of the global warming effect
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.
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You can have by Bacon Cheese Burger when you pry it from my cold dead hands!!!
I'm eating them as fast as I can, but dang - somebody's got to help me out here...
First thing to do is stop eating immediately.
Save the planet!
I'm doing all I can to prevent Global Warming...where's my porterhouse?
fart 'em if you got 'em
Talk about picking battles they can't win.
Go for it, enviroweenies.
I'll get the popcorn.
but .. but ... but I thought we were killing off the biosphere and all the fauna within ?!?!
Should read: Source: Editorial, "Meatheads and the Planet," New York Times, December 27, 2006.
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.
Wait a minute, I thought my SUV was going to cause Manhattan to be drowned when the polar ice caps melted! algore said so!
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
Same goes for my medium-rare rib eye!
Title should have been: "Vegetarians Responsible For Global Warming"
Simple. Build enough steak restaraunts so everyone has one within walking distance and they won't have to drive.
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.
Here comes PETA!
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