How Vegetarianism Can Stop Global Warming

August 20, 2009 at 3:40 pm 2 comments

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Photo and quote via Queenofheartss: “This is how you traditionally hack up a cow. Think about it.”

MEAT OF THE MATTER

Eating meat spews out more air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions than driving cars. In fact, cutting meat out helps more than switching to a Toyota Prius or eating locally. Always remember however that supporting local farmers who farm without chemicals, drugs and hormones helps to support people in your local community by providing jobs while cutting down on water and air pollution. Alas lots of people like eating too much meat as we’ve mentioned in a previous post.

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  • 1. mornay  |  August 30, 2009 at 7:48 am

    Global warming is a big concern for me, since my son of 14 yrs old made a study about global warming and told me all about it, it caught my attention. it is unbelievable what we are doing to our planet.Another thing that can help is making your own compost,food scraps on the landfills have a big inpact on global warming.For some tips own composters and composting,make your own compost,feel free to visit my site thegardengourmetcomposter.com


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  • 2. Robin McTaggart  |  September 10, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Global warming is better framed as ‘climate change’. Models include warming trends but predict greater variability and intensity. Accepting the apparent consensus that CO2 is the principle culprit then were we en masse to all adopt a vegetarian diet then this would greatly exasporate the global situation.

    Although this on the surface seems counter-intuitive, and to be fair, would depend (only)in part on how the ‘vegetables’ were produced. Would wide scale vegetarian based production include animal husbandry (pets?) ? If not then an explanation of how the organic matter levels of the soil would be maintained needs to be addressed (night soil?) Low levels of organic matter and production falters, and disease sets in.

    Consider livestock, specifically ruminants (sheep, goats, and cows) if raised on grass (versus grain fed) actually sequester carbon! Grain feeding is done solely for economic reasons, it takes less time to bring an animal to market. Furthermore animals grazing perennial polycultures (just to add another distinction versus Kentucky bluegrass monoculture) produce 1/2 the methane. And provide up to a 5 fold increase in c.l.a. (very healthful conjugated linoleic acid)

    It is estimated (sources acresusa.com) that the U.S. with conventional ag practices is contributing some 700 million tonnes of CO2 to the atmosphere. Were said agriculture to transform to a rotational grazing grass fed model not only would that 700 million tonnes of carbon release be curtailed but those lands once restored would sequester some 800+ million tonnes of CO2 annually. In as little as a decade or two all of the industrial revolutions carbon could be sequestered. No other human endeavour seems to offer this ability to influence things positively. (Perhaps massive tree planting efforts)

    These amazing facts speak volumes about why current agribusiness is a blight, contributes to the abuse of animals under their care. And consuming these foods leads to degenerative disease, atherosclerosis and cancer.

    The choice between choosing feedlot beef versus vegetarianism and the status quo (from a non plunderer point of view) is clear. Choosing to be a vegetarian speaks highly (to my way of thinking) of one’s consideration of where and how they eat versus the masses seemingly mindless consumption of fast food . When considering how pasteurized, homogenized, A1 vs A2 (genetics) commercial dairies with liquid manure storage produce milk, and how factory chicken is produced. It would seem, from a health perspective, better to choose a vegan path.

    Small mixed grass based farm is the only known long term model (other than permaculture methods) for producing food sustainably and for healing the planet by sequestering massive amounts of carbon.

    We need a massive return to small (less than 200 acres) farms. Organic agriculture (true, not the current u.s.d.a. defn which considers only inputs) is not financially viable due to the market consolidation by several corporations, government regulations designed (by said corporations) to hinder small farms, and the public’s desire to maintain the current number of slaves producing its food and fiber.

    The consequences of this for those who plan on trying to exist beyond the next decade will become rather transparent despite m.s.m. shenanigans. It is said that: “nothing sharpens the mind like an empty stomach”.

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