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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]

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November 5th, 2009 at 6:01 am

EU fish stocks at risk of collapse, warns leading scientist

Ian Sample, science correspondent

guardian.co.uk, Monday 15 December 2008 17.30 GMT

Article history

European fisheries are at risk of widespread collapse if responsibility for setting catch sizes is not given over to an independent body, a leading marine scientist said today.

The warning follows research that reveals EU ministers have consistently ignored scientific advice on catch limits, and agreed quotas up to 140% higher than sustainable levels.

The systematic mismanagement of fisheries was akin to a “doctor assisting the suicide of a patient”, that ultimately “condemns the fishing industry to extinction,” said Callum Roberts, professor of marine conservation at the University of York.

The bleak assessment of the health of Europe’s fisheries comes as EU ministers prepare to agree new quotas later this week.

In the 1970s, three quarters of Europe’s fisheries were in a healthy or slightly at risk state, but today more than half are in danger. Despite scientific advice, which in some cases, such as cod, has called for complete regional bans on fishing, ministers continue to argue for quotas above sustainable levels.

Fish stocks and sustainable catch limits are determined each year by scientists at the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), but ministers use this only as a starting point when they meet to decide annual fishing quotas.

Roberts argues that instead of deciding quotas, ministers should only be involved in working how the scientifically-agreed catch limits are divided among member states.

“It’s better to have the decision making independent of politics and independent of industry. If we don’t change our ways we’ll have less and less to catch and we’ll end up eating plankton,” he said.

Research by Roberts’s team at York shows that quotas set by EU ministers over the past 10 years have exceeded limits proposed by scientists by 45% for cod, 140% for hake, 93.6% for prawns and 14% for plaice.

“It’s a waste of taxpayer’s money to do all this research on fish stocks and then ignore it,” Roberts said.

Mike Kaiser, a marine conservationist at the University of Bangor said that some fisheries were beginning to understand the importance of managing fish stocks sustainably, but said the European Commission must take the lead on tackling the issue of dwindling stocks.

“We’ve got to the point now in the UK where we realise that things have got to change. The problem is that’s only one nation. If we are rowing against the tide as a nation it’ll have very little impact,” he said.

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December 17th, 2008 at 2:09 am

Planetary Emergency - Did You Know?

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November 4th, 2008 at 1:28 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)

1.2 Billion suffer from Hunger

Starvation

Starvation

Every 2.3 seconds, a child dies from malnutrition.

The 760 million tonnes of grain fed to animals could cover the global food shortage 14 times.

1 hectare of land produces:

  • potatoes to support 22 people
  • rice to support 19 people
  • lamb to support 2 people
  • beef to support 1 person

Malnutrition costs US$ 20-30 billion a year globally.

RESOURCES:
UNICEF, The State of the World’s Children, 2006
Lester R. Brown, Outgrowing the Earth, chap. 3, W.W. Norton & Co., 2005
WHO/FAO, Diet, nutrition, and the prevention of chronic disease.
(Report of the Joint WHO/FAO expert consultation, 26 April 2002)
http://www.muslimahwritersalliance.com/projects/mwa_hunger_awareness_newsletter_06.pdf
http://www.globalissues.org/article/7/causes-of-hunger-are-related-to-poverty
http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p_mla_apa_research_citation/1/0/0/5/0/p100501_index.html

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September 22nd, 2008 at 12:25 am

1 Billion Obese

Obese

Obese

The average American eats more then 2,400 animals in a lifetime.

(2,287 chickens, 92 turkeys, 31 pigs, and 12 steers & calves)

Conversion inefficiency of meat production:

16 pounds of grain used to produce 1 pound of beef.

RESOURCES:
Ingrid Newkirk
An Interview With Kids Can Save the Animals
(VegetarianTeen.com)
Food Revolution, John Robbins, 2001.(p.293)

 

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September 22nd, 2008 at 12:21 am

Benefits of a Vegetarian Diet

Healthy Diet

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Lower cholesterol levels
  • Reduce type 2 diabetes
  • Prevent stroke conditions
  • Reverse atherosclerosis
  • Reduce heart disease risk - 50%
  • Reduce heart surgery risk - 80%
  • Prevent many forms of cancer
  • Stronger immune system
  • Increase life expectancy up to 15 years
  • Higher IQ
RESOURCES:
Vegetarian Diets
(American Dietetic Association)
Preventive Medicine Research Institute
There Is a Cure for Diabetes The Tree of Life 21 Day Program
(DiabetesDietFood.net)
High IQ link to being vegetarian
(BBC News)

 

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September 22nd, 2008 at 12:16 am

You Can Save The Planet




By choosing a vegetarian diet,

you will be healthy,

you can stop world starvation,

you can save the planet.

Be a Hero!

 

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September 22nd, 2008 at 12:11 am