Monday, May 12, 2008

Skip the Beef?

So ... what can we blame for the most damaging emission effect on our environment? Lots of things come to mind like cars (especially those diesel powered vehicles) and aeroplanes. But according to a study done by the United Nations the worst 'emissions' culprit is the cow! Imagine that ....

A United Nations report has identified the world's rapidly growing herds of cattle as the greatest threat to the climate, forests and wildlife. And they are blamed for a host of other environmental crimes, from acid rain to the introduction of alien species, from producing deserts to creating dead zones in the oceans, from poisoning rivers and drinking water to destroying coral reefs. (Link)

So if this true ... here is another reason to skip (or at least cut down!) on the beef. Ah ... povera me! Now as I understand it we have to watch what & how much fish we eat because we are emptying the oceans - the size of fish are getting smaller - we are eating them before they can reach adulthood and reproduce. We cannot eat beef because cattle are the main cause for greenhouse gases. Grains are being used for biofuels instead of feeding the hungry - it is more important politically for certain countries to produce biofuels than to make sure their poorer neighbours have food. Too much pork is not good for the health. And my family does not like the smell of lamb - and how much lamb can one eat anyway? Soon it is going to be very difficult to be planning a meal!

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