Thursday, February 4, 2010

Think About It Thursdays

I am enacting "Think About It Thursdays". I am constantly reading and always finding cool, for lack of a better all-encompassing term, quotes that I type into the memo pad on my phone. I decided that I will share them with you on Thursdays. The first one is kind of long and comes to you from the book I am currently reading, "Eating Animals" by Jonathan Safran Foer.

“A University of Chicago study recently found that our food choices contribute at least as much as our transportation choices to global warming. More recent and authoritative studies by the United Nations and the Pew Commission show conclusively that globally, farmed animals contribute more to climate change than transport. According to the UN, the livestock sector is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, about 40 percent more than the entire transport sector—cars, trucks, planets, trains and ships—combined. Animal agriculture is responsible for 37 percent of anthropogenic methane, which offers 23 times the global warming potential of Carbon dioxide, as well as 65 percent of anthropogenic nitrous oxide, which provides a staggering 296 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide. The most current data even quantifies the role of diet: omnivores contribute seven times the volume of greenhouse gases that vegans do.
“The UN states: “raising animals for food whether on factory or traditional farms is one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global…[Animal agriculture] should be a major policy focus when dealing with problems of land degradation, climate change and air pollution, water shortage and water pollution and loss of biodiversity. Livestock’s contribution to environmental problems is on a massive scale.” In other words, if one cares about the environment, and if one accepts the scientific results of such sources as the UN (or the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and the Center for Science in the Public Interest, or the Pew Commission, or the Union of Concerned Scientists, or the Worldwatch Institute…), one must care about eating animals.”

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