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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Modify Your Diet To Include Less Meat

Americans consume almost a quarter of all the beef produced in the world. Aside from health issues associated with eating lots of meat, a high-meat diet translates into a tremendous amount of carbon emissions. It takes more fossil-fuel energy to produce and deliver equivalent amounts of protein from plant sources.

In addition, much of the world’s deforestation is a result of clearing and burning to create more grazing land for livestock. This creates further damage by destroying trees that would otherwise absorb carbon dioxide. Fruits, vegetables and grains, on the other hand, require 95% less raw materials to produce and, when combined properly, can provide a complete and nutritious diet. If more Americans shifted to a less meat-intensive diet, we could greatly reduce carbon dioxide emissions and also save vast quantities of water and other precious natural resources.

Extracted from the book, "An Inconvenient Truth" by Al Gore, on page 317.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Methane is also released in huge quantities when rearing animals, which is a very powerful greenhouse gas. The above does not just refer to Americans, but to all citizens of the world. Why not go fully vegetarian instead? It is after all, a zero meat-intensive diet. By not eating meat, we are already more green. - tauni

Sunday, February 11, 2007

 
Blogger Fabien said...

Wait till you read about the potential replacement of fossil fuel with sugar cane and corn fuel instead - that requires huge amounts of de-forestation and replanting with sugar cane and corn in order to get sufficient plantation for fuel conversion....

*sigh* use petrol will die, use alternative vegetable fuel also will die...

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

 
Blogger zlyrica said...

Hmmm, deforestation though not a good solution but at least they planted something useful back and in the long run, i still feel the pros weigh more than cons.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

 

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