As More Eat Meat, a Bid to Cut Emissions
By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL
STERKSEL, the Netherlands — The cows and pigs dotting these flat green plains in the southern Netherlands create a bucolic landscape. But looked at through the lens of greenhouse gas accounting, they are living smokestacks, spewing methane emissions into the air.
“It’s an area that’s been largely overlooked,” said Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, head of the Nobel Prize-winning United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He says people should eat less meat to control their carbon footprints. “We haven’t come to grips with agricultural emissions.”
Other proposals include everything from persuading consumers to eat less meat to slapping a “sin tax” on pork and beef. Next year, Sweden will start labeling food products so that shoppers can look at how much emission can be attributed to serving steak compared with, say, chicken or turkey.
“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. Read More
The United Nations continues to push their anti-meat agenda by claiming that not eating meat will save the planet from climate change. Regardless of the fact that humans have been eating meat for thousands of years, this is the avenue they have chosen to push their agenda. This article was on the front page of the New York Times last Thursday and thousands of people read it. This is why all of us in agriculture need to be telling the true story of production agriculture that is being denied to consumers.