India offers no-beef climate solution

17th February, 2010 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

Several vegetarian websites quote this:

If you look at the beef cycle today, you first clear forests, which increases emissions, then you feed cattle all kinds of food grain, which is energy intensive, and then you kill and refrigerate these animals, and then they are transported long distances. Then you buy it and refrigerate it. If you count all the emissions associated with this entire cycle, it is huge.

Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Dr Pachauri’s message is strong and he does not even mention, the methane emmitted by cattle – or the more contentious CO2 from breathing highlighted in Livestock and Climate Change from the Worlwatch Institute.¬† Livestock and Climate Change finds that livestock and their byproducts account¬† 51 percent of annual worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.

The quote can be found on the website of the Christian Vegetarian Association. It’s good to see Christians joining Hindus in this campaign. But will they buy into the “Christians that fly are Christians that kill” message from the NoMilesHighClub? They say the tee-shirts will soon be available.

Posted on: February 17, 2010

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