Flatulence and Global Warming

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.

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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?

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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!


Opinions/comments? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

Until next time,

Rochelle

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2 thoughts on “Flatulence and Global Warming

  1. Rachel says:

    It’s soo messed up how much farming animals is destroying the planet. I guess you don’t really realize how damaging it is unless you’re a farmer and see it everyday. I recently read that it takes 1,000 gallons of water to maintain one pound of beef on a cow… Considering the fact that each cow weighs roughly 1,000 pounds, that’s SO MUCH WATER that he has to consumer to maintain that muscle! When I was in CA they would yell at us for using a garden hose, running the faucet for too long and taking baths but I read about how much water was going into farming and it suddenly seemed like human usage was a drop compared to that. Yiikkees. Ok I got a little side tracked. Global warming is definitely happening and my family and I only eat red meat (or meat in general) on special occasions. It’s so hard to give it up entirely because I find myself craving a burger too, but your tips here to conserve and be smart are great. I love the topics you choose to cover on your blog, ladies! It always get’s me thinking 🙂

    -Rachel
    http://www.blonderhombus.com

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    • lipsticktrilogy says:

      Thank you so much for your comments! It makes us super happy that you are considering our suggestions and trust us (we find ourselves craving burgers a ton as well). Thank you for being so engaged! 🙂

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