Thursday, December 4, 2008

Another reason not to eat meat

Good article, following this similar one published in January, about the effect of livestock production on the environment.

The trillions of farm animals around the world generate 18 percent of the emissions that are raising global temperatures, according to United Nations estimates, more even than from cars, buses and airplanes.

“I’m not sure that the system we have for livestock can be sustainable,” said Dr. Pachauri of the United Nations. A sober scientist, he suggests that “the most attractive” near-term solution is for everyone simply to “reduce meat consumption,” a change he says would have more effect than switching to a hybrid car.

As More Eat Meat, a Bid to Cut Emissions, New York Times