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The UN Millennium Project report points out that the population in developing countries is increasing while food prices are rising, fresh water resources are drying up, corruption and organized crime are on the rise, and climate change is accelerating. The researchers point out that we know how to solve these problems. They look hopefully to the coming biological revolution to bring answers more profound than even the industrial or information revolutions. This revolution may develop synthetic life forms for food, water, medicine and energy. Information sharing via computers and the Internet could lead to tele-education and tele-medicine to make this information available to half the world’s population that lives in poverty.

The UN report suggests that a simple step forward is eating less meat as it adds more greenhouse gases (18%) to the atmosphere than transportation. It takes 2,400 liters of water to make a hamburger: The average American eats, on average, 200 pounds of meat a year. The livestock industry produces up to 51% of greenhouse gas emissions and requires eight times more fossil fuel that what’s required to produce non-animal protein.[i]


[i] Robert Goodland and Jeff Anhang, “Livestock and Climate Change,” World Watch Magazine, July 2010.

http://www.worldwatch.org/node/6297

 

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Comments on: "Meat Production Adds More Greenhouse Gases than Transportation" (1)

  1. interesting analogy, only one thing is missing the thousands of animals in the forests and wilderness areas who also release these gases too and humans as well, farts smell bad for a reason, most of these gases do very little harm to our atomosphere, co2 is not a pollutant it is plant food, methane is usable gas I believe that is what they are pumping up from the ground, people are so focused on so called pollutants (notice only pollution they focus on is the ones that are the result of prosperity and abundance not scarcity?) that they miss the real enviromental issues that get ignored like military waste dumped into the oceans by the tons every year, or all the hot air coming out of the mouths of “experts” at the united nations who dont know any more about theses things then even I do, frankly I do not put much creditbility to the figures of how much water or food or gas is produced by lifestock raising or anything else, I do know that ethanol is creating more pollution then just using regular gasoline but no one in the enviromental movement seems to care that this is costing them and myself included way more in terms of money, lost energy use, and higher cost of food (like corn and soy) then necessary. if you eliminate or reduce meat production you actually will create more pollution if co2 is considered a pollutant or methane or whatever, because the means more trees will have to be cut down, more fuel used for tractors and transportation of foods and more food will have to grown to get enough caloires and there are just to many places where it is not economical or sustainable to grow where meat growing is quite good, because sheep goats, cattle etc can eat plants that grow in areas where crops are impossible without alot of expense in terms of water, time, soil condition and the like, if you get right down to it, and don’t worry about water, it will always be recycled like it has for thousands of years, it is called rain fall and snowmelt and from what I can tell about this past winter we will have plenty of water with all the snow we had especially in the western mountains. and I don’t want to forget there are areas where people cannot thrive on a plant based diets as they live in colder regions of the world and eat primarly meat.if you study the diets of so called primitive people you will see their plant based diets has not done them much good they have small statutes, purtruding bellies (probably from malnorishement) and short life spans, anemia is a serious problem with them as well especially many places in africa, they suffer terrible diseases because they do not have access to medical care like we have in america and we have this because of innovation and technolgy and access to cheap energy (which is being eroded away by unsustainble policies of enviromental regulations which do nothing for the enviroment but does us alot of harm)and meat is a good source of cholesterol sulfate(many areas do not get enough sunshine to create it through the skin) too as this substances basically is your first line of defense against illness, and it is the glue that holds your cells together and keeps microbes and bad substances and glycated material out. you cannot get this substance from plants. meat fish and butter and whole milk is a excellent source of high density energy, you don’t need to eat as much to have energy or be satiated, if I live on plant foods i would have to eat a ton of it to be full or have energy and it takes more energy to digest and metabolise plant based foods then meat and fat. most plants are loaded with toxins as well (not just from man added chemicals) but plants themselves produce toxins as form of defense against fungus and bacteria and pest too, that is why they have to cross breed plants with less toxins in them to make plants less bitter (now you know where the bitterness comes from)which means more pesticide applications to make up for this lack of internal pesticides.that is why many bitter greens need little pesticides and why sweeter foods need more.

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