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Turn vego to save planet: Gore

Vegetarians can save the planet

Updated: 08:37, Thursday November 5, 2009

Vegetarians can save the planet

We’ve always been told to eat our greens, but now there’s another incentive - saving the planet.

Climate change campaigner Al Gore believes turning vegetarian could aid the battle against global warming.

But he’s stopped short of asking everyone to turn their back on meat, acknowledging getting a global agreement on fighting climate change is already hard enough.

The former US vice-president turned environmental campaigner said on Wednesday he agreed with the UK’s Nicholas Stern that meat eaters have contributed greatly to increased global carbon emissions.

“I’m not a vegetarian, but I have cut back sharply on the meat that I eat,” he told ABC Television from New York.

“It’s absolutely correct that the growing meat intensity of diets around the world is one of the issues connected to this global crisis - not only because of the CO2 involved, but also because of the water consumed in the process.

“You could add in the health consequences as well.”

Substituting more fruit and vegetables in an everyday diet was the responsible thing to do, he said.

“I’ve made those changes, and while I don’t go quite as far as Nick saying everybody should become a vegetarian - partly because it’s difficult enough to get the agreement without adding that on top of it - it is a legitimate point of view.”

Fruit and vegetables aside, Mr Gore was confident a global agreement can be reached when the world’s leaders meet in Copenhagen for climate change talks.

“I think we have an excellent chance of getting a framework agreement that’s binding and puts us on the right road,” he said.

Much depended on the US’s ability to pass climate change legislation before December, but he said the odds were favourable that would happen.

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Source:

http://www.skynews.com.au/offbeat/article.aspx?id=390502

http://www.abc.net.au/news/video/2009/11/05/2733587.htm (interview, video)

51% GHG by Livestock

Livestock and Climate Change

by Robert Goodland and Jeff Anhang

Livestock and Climate Change: What if the key actors in climate change are…cows, pigs, and chickens?

The environmental impact of the lifecycle and supply chain of animals raised for food has been vastly underestimated, and in fact accounts for at least half of all human-caused greenhouse gases (GHGs), according to Robert Goodland and Jeff Anhang, co-authors of “Livestock and Climate Change”.

A widely cited 2006 report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Livestock’s Long Shadow, estimates that 18 percent of annual worldwide GHG emissions are attributable to cattle, buffalo, sheep, goats, camels, pigs, and poultry. But recent analysis by Goodland and Anhang finds that livestock and their byproducts actually account for at least 32.6 billion tons of carbon dioxide per year, or 51 percent of annual worldwide GHG emissions.

Read “Livestock and Climate Change,” World Watch Magazine [FREE PDF]

Written by MEATtheFACTS.org

November 5th, 2009 at 6:01 am

Planetary Emergency - Did You Know?

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Written by MEATtheFACTS.org

November 4th, 2008 at 1:28 am

EMISSIONS - What Is The Main Culprit?

According to the UN IPCC report “Livestock’s Long Shadow,”
livestock production is the greatest contributor to global warming.

Livestock production emissions: 18%

Global Transportation emissions: 13.5%

(including aviation accounts for 3.5%)

Emissions

Emissions

RESOURCES:
Livestock’s Long Shadow(table 3.12 p 113)
(UN FAO, 2007)
US. GHG Emissions Flowchart
(World Resources Institute)

 

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September 22nd, 2008 at 1:04 am

Is Fish Safe?

1 can of tuna fish a week raises your mercury levels 30% above
what is considered to be safe.

Eating fish means ingesting toxins such as mercury, lead, arsenic, PCBs, DDT, dioxins, and many other chemicals.

Contaminants in fish can lead to brain damage, memory loss, personality change, heart problems, spontaneous abortion, and damage to a developing fetus.

RESOURCES:
Top Three Reasons Not to Eat Fish 
(PeTA TV)
Fish to Avoid During Childbearing Years
(Care2)
Rich folks eating fish feed on mercury too
'Healthy diet' clearly isn't
(San Francisco Chronicle)

Water Scarcity

Dried Lake

Dried Lake

1.1 BILLION PEOPLE on the planet don’t have access to safe clean drinking water.
That’s 1 in 6 of us.

19,737 LITRES of water are needed to produce 1 pound of BEEF.
This is enough water to take a 7 minute shower every day for an entire year.

Water Usage

Water Usage

RESOURCES:
Water Inputs in California Food Production(Chart E3 P.28, PDF)

 

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September 22nd, 2008 at 12:41 am

Less Than “18 Months”

Prince Charles on Deforestation:

(European Parliament, 14 February 2008)

“We have 18 months to halt deforestation of the rain forests to preserve life on this planet.”

“Emissions (from deforestation) are comparable to those generated by the production of electricity and heat.”

“…we are destroying our planet’s air-conditioning system.”

“Amazonia’s forests alone help to store the largest body of flowing freshwater on the planet. They release 20 billion tonnes of it into the atmosphere every day…”

RESOURCES:
A speech by HRH The Prince of Wales on climate change
to the European Parliament in Brussels (14th February 2008)
(The Prince of Wales)
VIDEO: The Prince of Wales speaks about the world's rainforests
(YouTube)

 

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September 22nd, 2008 at 12:36 am

Deforestation

Each second, an area of tropical rain forest the size of a football field is destroyed to produce 257 hamburgers.*

In the next 24 hours, deforestation releases as much CO2 into the atmosphere as 8 million people flying from London to New York.

The average car produces 3 kg/day of CO2.

Clearing rain forest to produce beef for one hamburger produces 75 kg of CO2.

Livestock production is responsible for 90% of the Amazon deforestation since 1970 to clear land for pasture and feed crops.

*This produces an astonishing 19,275 kg of CO2 per second.

Eating Up the Amazon(p.5, p.44, PDF)
(Green Peace)
Livestock, Development & Deforestation Brazil's Amazon
(Center for International Forestry Research)
Meat is NOT Green

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September 22nd, 2008 at 12:33 am