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1 EAT CHICKEN AN SAVE THE WORLD ,,LOL on Mon Feb 16, 2009 9:09 pm

rosco 357


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Hamburgers are the Hummers of food in global warming

Feb 16 01:55 AM US/Eastern



When it comes to global warming, hamburgers are the Hummers of food, scient...


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.

That's because a single kilogram of beef produces 16 kilograms carbon dioxide equivalent emissions: four times higher than pork and more than ten times as much as a kilogram of poultry, Pelletier said.

If people were to simply switch from beef to chicken, emissions would be cut by 70 percent, Pelletier said.

Another part of the problem is people are eating far more meat than they need to.

"Meat once was a luxury in our diet," Pelletier said. "We used to eat it once a week. Now we eat it every day."

If meat consumption in the developed world was cut from the current level of about 90 kilograms a year to the recommended level of 53 kilograms a year, livestock related emissions would fall by 44 percent.

"Given the projected doubling of (global) meat production by 2050, we're going to have to cut our emissions by half just to maintain current levels," Pelletier said.

"Technical improvements are not going to get us there."

That's why changing the kinds of food people eat is so important, said Chris Weber, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania.

Food is the third largest contributor to the average US household's carbon footprint after driving and utilities, and in Europe - where people drive less and have smaller homes - it has an even greater impact.

"Food is of particular importance to a consumer's impact because it's a daily choice that is, at least in theory, easy to change," Weber said.

"You make your choice every day about what to eat, but once you have a house and a car you're locked into that for a while."

The average US household contributes about five tons of carbon dioxide a year by driving and about 3.5 tons of equivalent emissions with what they eat, he said.

"Switching to no red meat and no dairy products is the equivalent of (cutting out) 8,100 miles driven in a car ... that gets 25 miles to the gallon," Weber said in an interview following the symposium.

Buying local meat and produce will not have nearly the same effect, he cautioned.

That's because only five percent of the emissions related to food come from transporting food to market.

"You can have a much bigger impact by shifting just one day a week from meat and dairy to anything else than going local every day of the year," Weber said.

For more information on how to eat a low carbon diet, visit www.eatlowcarbon.org.

2 Re: EAT CHICKEN AN SAVE THE WORLD ,,LOL on Mon Feb 16, 2009 9:22 pm

gypsy


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There is a town in Nevada that is booming, heard this on the news ,a Gold town,
Gold is worth 900 dollars and ounce~Maybe another *GOLD RUSH!!* lol

3 Re: EAT CHICKEN AN SAVE THE WORLD ,,LOL on Mon Feb 16, 2009 9:27 pm

rosco 357


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I wonder what kinda carbon foorprint a krispy kreme donut has, lol,, i had 4 today, lol .

4 Re: EAT CHICKEN AN SAVE THE WORLD ,,LOL on Mon Feb 16, 2009 9:36 pm

gypsy


Moderator
Rosco ,maybe not Carbon, but sure lots of calories~/sugar LOL i love the honey buns and the ,cinnamon rolls~ :)

5 Re: EAT CHICKEN AN SAVE THE WORLD ,,LOL on Mon Feb 16, 2009 10:03 pm

SSC


Admin
Gold is almost 1000.00 an oz. but with economy down, pawn and gold emporiums are making a killing on paying low dollar for jewelry. Just another type of vulture.

6 Re: EAT CHICKEN AN SAVE THE WORLD ,,LOL on Mon Feb 16, 2009 10:05 pm

SSC


Admin
rosco 357 wrote:I wonder what kinda carbon foorprint a krispy kreme donut has, lol,, i had 4 today, lol .

I love krispy kreme donuts and hate chicken, I'll take my chances with carbon footprints.

7 Re: EAT CHICKEN AN SAVE THE WORLD ,,LOL on Mon Feb 16, 2009 10:11 pm

gypsy


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must have gone up in the last hour, the six o'clock world news said $900an ounce:) speaking of Gold, do we still have the Gold reserve at Knoxville?

8 Re: EAT CHICKEN AN SAVE THE WORLD ,,LOL on Mon Feb 16, 2009 10:21 pm

SSC


Admin
I was quoting a price from the news 2 weeks ago, yes we still have gold at Ft. Knox but that is not what our economy is based on.

9 Re: EAT CHICKEN AN SAVE THE WORLD ,,LOL on Mon Feb 16, 2009 10:37 pm

gypsy


Moderator
I know that SSC,was just wondering if it was still there..

10 Re: EAT CHICKEN AN SAVE THE WORLD ,,LOL on Mon Feb 16, 2009 10:38 pm

SSC


Admin
So use google and find out for yourself

11 Re: EAT CHICKEN AN SAVE THE WORLD ,,LOL on Mon Feb 16, 2009 10:53 pm

gypsy


Moderator
sure will!!was just idle conversation~ don't get huffy:)

12 Re: EAT CHICKEN AN SAVE THE WORLD ,,LOL on Mon Feb 16, 2009 10:57 pm

rosco 357


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i wonder where is the best place to sell my high school ring, while gold i guess is high, i really don't keep up with gold prices, , the ring holds no sentimental value to me, take care

13 Re: EAT CHICKEN AN SAVE THE WORLD ,,LOL on Mon Feb 16, 2009 10:59 pm

gypsy


Moderator
a local jeweler would be better, there is a lot of rip offs out there~

14 Re: EAT CHICKEN AN SAVE THE WORLD ,,LOL on Mon Feb 16, 2009 11:05 pm

SSC


Admin
gypsy wrote:sure will!!was just idle conversation~ don't get huffy:)

Not huffy yet, but sure can get that way quick in the face of stupidity

15 Re: EAT CHICKEN AN SAVE THE WORLD ,,LOL on Mon Feb 16, 2009 11:13 pm

gypsy


Moderator
stupid is when one calls names! Stand up!!

16 Re: EAT CHICKEN AN SAVE THE WORLD ,,LOL on Mon Feb 16, 2009 11:17 pm

SSC


Admin
Gypsy grow up, do you not have a clue how to research articles, you BIG statement is produce FACT...you bring yours if you know how, no one wants to do your work for you. You may sit down now..

17 Re: EAT CHICKEN AN SAVE THE WORLD ,,LOL on Mon Feb 16, 2009 11:32 pm

gypsy


Moderator
SURE I do know how to research I do a lot of copy/paste/research
I was speaking about you calling me stupid~ stand up! means those that call names are likely more stupid~
I am stating just because i disagree, means i disagree ~ simple, there is no proof of who is at fault this mess is a number of politicians dating way back, but it came to head in the last watch~
I am sure your adult enough to debate with passion without name calling?? true?

18 Re: EAT CHICKEN AN SAVE THE WORLD ,,LOL on Mon Feb 16, 2009 11:42 pm

SSC


Admin
what ever Gypsy Sleep

19 Re: EAT CHICKEN AN SAVE THE WORLD ,,LOL on Mon Feb 16, 2009 11:54 pm

gypsy


Moderator
SSC wrote:what ever Gypsy Sleep
nite have a good sleep since your snoring, I will be up a while LOL

20 Re: EAT CHICKEN AN SAVE THE WORLD ,,LOL on Tue Feb 17, 2009 12:10 am

SSC


Admin
not just snoring totally BORED

21 Re: EAT CHICKEN AN SAVE THE WORLD ,,LOL on Tue Feb 17, 2009 12:13 am

gypsy


Moderator
then why are you here? I never get bored~ anyway, I enjoy the differences of others, I don't expect you or anyone to agree with me, i have my own mind i don't agree just to appease someone~

22 Re: EAT CHICKEN AN SAVE THE WORLD ,,LOL on Tue Feb 17, 2009 12:26 am

SSC


Admin
I certainly find very little to agree with you on, seems this has been going on for years...

23 Re: EAT CHICKEN AN SAVE THE WORLD ,,LOL on Tue Feb 17, 2009 12:36 am

gypsy


Moderator
maybe you don't try hard enough,I think you don't, because you would upset certain poster.. just my theory, I will say this if I have to call some one a name and think they are stupid, then why do you bother?I wouldn't.. I think you are an intelligent person, but you go with the flow,I don't, if i think there is an inkling they are not right..then i have the right to disagree, right?

24 Re: EAT CHICKEN AN SAVE THE WORLD ,,LOL on Tue Feb 17, 2009 1:04 am

SSC


Admin
You are out of your mind, I disagree mostly with you because usually you are so far in left field you can't see the scoreboard. I don't need approval from anyone on what I post nor do I need anyones help. I am so totally independant it would make your head spin, I developed my opinion of you a long time ago, and you certainly have done nothing to change my mind, just reinforce my opinion even stronger.

25 Re: EAT CHICKEN AN SAVE THE WORLD ,,LOL on Tue Feb 17, 2009 1:22 am

gypsy


Moderator
hah and I developed my opinion of you also, but sometimes one can be wrong..
it seems when i disagree and you have meenmoon or someone that works off the same electrodes you go into the attack mode or accusing mode.. I really don't care what you think of me..
I don't need your approval, is that shocking?
I am far from bored here..and I find your earlier comment about being bored,hilarious, then why do you respond? thought you were going to iyt~anyway it has been umm, the same old same old~~ Toodles~ you can have the last word~ lol

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