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The UN treats us to good news... and bad

Among all the debate on global warming, The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has long been one of the loudest voices. Despite accusations of bias and political motivations, the IPCC has been persuasive in getting many governments to pass environmental legislation.

So when the IPCC releases a new report, downgrading man's impact on the environment by 25% (and lowing predictions of temperature and sea level rise by 50%), one would think this good news would make headline news across the nation. Think otherwise. Such happy news apparently isn't fit for public consumption, according to our mass media.

The media has been even less forthcoming with the details of another UN report, entitled Livestock's Long Shadow. This 400 page report expresses what people who study global warming have long since known-- that the world cattle population is responsible for some 18% of all greenhouse gases, a larger contribution than planes, trains, automobiles, and all other forms of transportation combined.

The report also blames livestock farming for over 100 other polluting gases, including the number one source of ammonia, a major contributor to acid rain. It further blames ranching for deforestation, and ends with a slap at the massive amounts of drinking water used to feed cattle herds, which presumably is taking water from the mouths of thirsty children.

So if you want to save the planet, feel free to drive your Hummer. Just avoid the drive thru line at McDonalds.

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RE: Thus
By ksherman on 12/14/2006 12:44:48 PM , Rating: 2
plus, the only (natural) solution really is for everyone to become vegetarians, thus reducing the overall demand for cattle and thus reducing the overall supply of cattle (over a longer period of time, the short run leaves you with an excess of cattle). Or we could genetically alter our cattle to not need food, water or produce ammonia... which ever comes first :-)

RE: Thus
By borowki on 12/15/2006 11:50:12 AM , Rating: 2
Complete abstinence isn't the only solution. We can always just consume *less*. Eating less meat isn't going to kill you. In fact, it's better for you. The typical American diet is totally out of whack. It contains too much animal fat and not enough vegetable. Cutting back improves both people's health and the environment.

People of course won't do that just because you tell them to. We need to remove all of sort hidden subsidies that make meat artificially cheap. It's ridiculous that a pound of lettuce cost about the same as a pound of beef.

RE: Thus
By masher2 on 12/15/2006 1:24:24 PM , Rating: 2
> "It's ridiculous that a pound of lettuce cost about the same as a pound of beef. "

Where do you buy your lettuce? Mine cost about a dollar a head, which puts the price well below a dollar per pound. Beef runs anywhere from $3/lb for ground, up to $25+/lb for the best cuts.

RE: Thus
By borowki on 12/15/2006 5:53:35 PM , Rating: 2
Here in North Virginia veggie is really expensive. A head of lettuce is around 3 bucks at a supermarket. Meanwhile, there's government subsidies for tobacco farmers...

RE: Thus
By The Sword 88 on 12/15/2006 4:33:57 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah cutting back is good but completely removing meat is bad for your health too vegatables do not have the same protiens and amino acids as meat.

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