Here’s something no one ever talks about: farts. Why talk about it now? Because studies over the past eight years have proved that gas from cattle actually makes a big impact on global warming. Whether you believe in global warming or not, you have to admit that the impact of cattle breeding over the years is extremely significant. Most humans love meat and dairy. The food industry, obviously, reflects those choices.
The Scientific American reports that “according to a 2006 report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), our diets and, specifically, the meat in them cause more greenhouse gases carbon dioxide (CO2), methane, nitrous oxide, and the like to spew into the atmosphere than either transportation or industry“. Obviously it isn’t just gas that is the contributing factor to global warming. In fact, the pastures and land the livestock take up has increased over the years in response to an ever increasing population and demand for meat. Reports over the years have discussed the conditions cattle have been raised in and the diets they are fed. Many of these reports have been uncomplimentary.
However, this isn’t an article to dissuade the eating of dairy products and meat. In fact, farmers and their livelihoods are extremely important. But with the new Paris Climate Conference’s goal of keeping temperature below 2 degrees (Celsius), preferably at 1.5 degrees, discussing the primary causes of climate change is necessary. If it is indeed us who influence the food industry with our choices, then is it not up to us to influence the food industry in a way that promotes sustainable choices?
What can you do?
Option 1. Give up eating meat… (Lol, like that’s going to happen. Mama loves her burgers and wine/cheese nights).
Option 2. Cut down eating meat to a reasonable amount. Personally, I’m all for this plan. The Global Citizen recently published this poll to estimate how many people would be down to pay a tax on meat. A surprising 80% of people would be okay with meat taxation!
Option 3. Make eco-conscious choices. This option can be take with Option 2 because being healthy and intelligent can indeed go hand in hand.
In the end, we’re all striving for a sustainable world where we all get what we want and live happily ever after. I highly recommend making good decisions and understanding the consequences of the choices you make!
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Until next time,