Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Misinformation about Beef

'Power of 2': Two Simple Steps for Climate Change
Eat Less Beef, Get an Energy Audit, Help Halt Global Warming

You are staring into the face of one thing you can do to fight climate change: Leave the cow alone.

According to the United Nations, 18 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions come from sending beef and dairy products to your kitchen table.

Cows are fed corn and soy, which are grown using fertilizers made from fossil fuels. The production of cow feed is particularly destructive in South America, where beef production accounts for 60 to 80 percent of the deforestation of the Amazon, says Frank Merry, an economist at the Woodshole Research Center in Falmouth, Massachusetts. Cow feed then has to be transported to the cows, which requires loads of fuel. Then there's even more fossil fuel burned in the process of slaughtering those cows and getting them to the supermarket and finally get to your table. Read More

The US EPA estimates that only 3% of greenhouse gasses can be contributed to cattle production. Not only that, but there is also a rapidly growing body of evidence that global warming does not exist. Those that would like to eliminate animal agriculture will continue to use this UN data, just like they will use the Pew Commission Report for the coming years. This is why it is crucial that agriculture stay on top of these reports and make sure that the true story is told to the consumers.

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