Thursday, July 19, 2007

Save the Planet! Stop Eating Meat!

I am not a scientist. I do not understand all of the theories being promoted by the Al Gore crowd. That’s alright; I’m certain that Al Gore doesn’t understand all of the theories of global warming that he espouses. My buddies at Doses of Reality have recently posted a good article on this topic. You can read it here.

Like I said, I’m ignorant of most of the “scientific” implications of global warming, but the studies by a group of Japanese scientists have produced some interesting data. Did you know that the environmental impact of a single purchase of beef is equal to driving a car non-stop for three hours? Follow this link to read a brief article on the study. What follows is part of the story…
That means that 2.2lb of beef is responsible for greenhouse gas emissions which have the same effect as the carbon dioxide released by an ordinary car travelling at 50 miles per hour for 155 miles, a journey lasting three hours. The amount of energy consumed would light a 100-watt bulb for 20 days.
I guess if I’m in the mood for steak I’ll have to drive less, or go about in the dark for a few days. Of course, the Vegetarian Society’s Su Taylor has an idea…
Everybody is trying to come up with different ways to reduce carbon footprints, but one of the easiest things you can do is to stop eating meat.
Not likely.

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