In The Hole!
gas is the worst of the greenhouse gases, and
the numero uno source of methane is animal agriculture.
Yes, your insatiable desire for cheeseburgers
is helping to ruin what's left of this beautiful
little blue orb on which we live.
It's not a stretch of the truth to say that if
everyone switched to a meatless diet our worries
about global warming would be essentially over.
We're not just talking cow farts here folks.
In order to eat that Quarter Pounder you have
(1) Fight oil wars (lots of carbon emitted in
(2) Transport crude to our country.
(3) Convert crude to petroleum and fertilizer.
(4) Ship fertilizer to farms to grow corn.
(5) Ship corn to ranches to feed cattle.
(6) Ship cattle to processors to be butchered.
(7) Ship meat to stores/restaurants.
(8) Travel to buy meat.
(9) Travel to job which provides cooked meats.
(10) Cook meat.
(11) Travel to place where cooked meat is ready.
Every step along the way creates a lot of CO2,
especially in Step 2 as those oil tankers
C02 than all the cars in the world combined.
The stuff they burn is the left-overs, the dreck,
the literal bottom of the barrel. What they spew
between continents is pure, unregulated poison.
In the meantime we have hundreds of millions
of cows standing around each day eating a rich
diet of corn and farting their brains out. What's
worse, cows fed corn develop
e. coli in
Cows that eat grass don't.
And let's not forget spongiform encephalopathy
(speaking of farting your brains out), better
known as mad cow disease, a disease which
comes from feeding cow carcasses to other cows.
Inherent to mad cow disease are prions, an infectious
agent that is incurable and fatal to both cows
and humans. Prions are truly nightmare stuff.
You may be infected now and not even know it. In
humans it's called Creutzfeldt–Jakob
disease. Go read about it here.
Would we still have to grow crops? Certainly,
but we would only have to grow but a fraction
of the previous amount as converting corn to
fat and protein is a very inefficient use of
results in but a fraction of the carbon
footprint compared to meat production.
Yeah, I know, meat is tasty (sweet, tasty murder)
but it's a contemporary vanity as it's only until
recently that human societies
have had meat available to them every
day, much less three times a day. Worse, you're
not even a carnivore. At best, you're an herbivore
who can stomach carefully prepared meats. Carnivores
can eat raw meat, we can't.
If you've read this far I hope you've been intrigued
enough to do some secondary reading on the subject.
Going meatless is not difficult and, in the long
run, saves you money, improves your health and
might even save this planet for future generations.