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Eating Less Meat Could Reduce Climate Change, UK Researchers Claim


Eating less meat will not only make us healthier, but will also help reduce carbon dioxide emissions below the thresholds needed to keep temperature go up by 2 degrees Celsius by 2050, University of Exter (UK) researchers say. If we will continue our meat-eating habits, we will surely be facing towards an ecological disaster.

Hence, eating less beef and pork will drop the carbon dioxide emissions and will make place for energy crops. Well, this is debatable, and I’m quoting another research here saying that biofuels are not quite carbon-neutral.

The study also says that we have to recycle out waste significantly more than we do now, to make a difference. Whereas meat consumption in concerned, the average global consumption has to go down to 15 percent from today’s 16.6 of average daily calorie intake. That translates into about half of the average western diet.

Studies like this have been around for years. They indeed reflect the truth, but please tell me how could you convince people to stop eating meat, when their own illnesses can’t stop them. I’m not against meat, it’s natural for us to eat some, but the society is already so impregnated by this huge industry and has no choice but to consume whatever pates or salamis they come up with.

What I’m saying is that it’s hard to change the world in just a few years. Nevertheless, history showed lots of dreams becoming reality just by the power of marketing. The only question remaining is: who is going to pay for something that will reduce profits of all sorts? The biofuel industry? The oil industry? Or maybe the meat industry itself?

[via phys.org]

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  1. These researchers are obviously not aware of the revolution in holistic grazing management as pioneered by Allan Savory in Africa. (savoryinstitute.com) By mimicking the relationship developed over millions of years between herds of wildebeest/elephants/reindeer/bison etc. with grasslands, he has been able to develop grazing systems that restore desert to healthy pastures and wetlands. His techniques are being accepted world-wide by farmers, especially in semi-arid Australia and United States where it is popularly nick-named “mob grazing.” Through this unique technique, farmers are able to not only dramatically increase cattle-carrying capacity, but also push back the encroaching desert. In effect, cattle-grazing is turning out to be an intrinsic factor in reclaiming desert.


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