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
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.