It must be a slow news day, or we really are trapped in the twilight zone…
When it comes to global warming, hamburgers are the Hummers of food, scientists say. Simply switching from steak to salad could cut as much carbon as leaving the car at home a couple days a week.
That’s because beef is such an incredibly inefficient food to produce and cows release so much harmful methane into the atmosphere, said Nathan Pelletier of Dalhousie University in Canada.
Pelletier is one of a growing number of scientists studying the environmental costs of food from field to plate.
By looking at everything from how much grain a cow eats before it is ready for slaughter to the emissions released by manure, they are getting a clearer idea of the true costs of food.
The livestock sector is estimated to account for 18 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions and beef is the biggest culprit.
Even though beef only accounts for 30 percent of meat consumption in the developed world it’s responsible for 78 percent of the emissions, Pelletier said Sunday at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Read the rest…
First it was the New York Governor’s porn tax, now it’s hamburgers… I’m speechless, seriously. I don’t have the the slightest idea what to say about this kind of big brother run amok insanity.
If you’ll excuse me I’m going to run out and get a buger, fries and coke wolf it down and emit a few greenhouse gases. 🙄