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Cows and Climate Change

Here is yet another reason to avoid red meat. This is no joke but a reduction in livestock flatulence could possibly slow climate change. Or so says a recent study published in the medical journal The Lancet, in their special energy and health series.

Cows, goats and sheep produce methane gas when they pass gas - methane really is a gas! Experts suggest decreasing our global consumption of steaks and hamburgers by 10 percent, would cut the gases emitted by livestock that contribute to global warming. They strongly recommend limiting beef intake to an average of 3 ounces per day (that's about 90 grams) to prevent an increase in these gasses. We already know that diets high in red meat contribute to breast cancer, heart disease and obesity so now there is another reason to avoid red meat!

Next time you think about ordering a burger, or making a steak, think about your personal health and the health of the planet then change your meal plans accordingly. I don't know about you, but the concept of meatless Mondays has definitely stuck around at my house (even though it is sometimes meatless Tuesday or Wednesdays, but we have a thoroughly meatless day once a week).


allisonblue allisonblue 10 years
The paper says that, um, "outputs" from cattle amount for 1/4 of the gases that contribute to climate change. In 2001, transportation accounted for 28.6% of GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions (second to utilities). It may sound silly, but this actually matters!
djjax djjax 10 years
Really the amount of flatulence is nothing compared to how much carbon our vehicles put in the air .. like come on people! For that matter what about our own flatulence .. isn't that effecting the air as well?
brown_eyed_grrl brown_eyed_grrl 10 years
Cow flatulence. Hee hee. The only meat I eat is fish, so I guess I'm balancing out the red meat lovers.
joy76 joy76 10 years
hmm don't really eat meat so not missing out! Find it too much of a hassle to cook. Especially after a long day, all you need is a meal that takes 30 mins max!
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
should i comment? i dunno. i guess i am...saying that i go meatless everyday.
sparkle-sugar sparkle-sugar 10 years
we definitely dont eat red meat everyday. not even close. but i do cook chicken a few times a week.
Allytta Allytta 10 years
oh i knew that ages ago as me and my family are kind of education junkies. if there were no cows, there would be no problems, but don't forget human waste and farts are also at the top list of the enviromental problems, that cause climate change. so fart less, people.
allisonblue allisonblue 10 years
ClassicsDiva, leafy greens have calcium, as well as a number of nondairy alternatives. Just Google "nondairy calcium."
ClassicsDiva ClassicsDiva 10 years
What about dairy? We're supposed to consume a ton of calcium, right? I might be able to give up red meat, but I love my milk, and nothing can curb my gallon-a-week habit.
allisonblue allisonblue 10 years
The meat production industry is terrible for the environment (pig farms in the Carolinas are another example -- just try living near one of those), and this is just one more reason why! It may sound harsh, but I firmly believe that you can't be an effective environmentalist and still eat meat (unless it's coming from a small farm, maybe).
Spectra Spectra 10 years
I don't eat beef, so I guess I'm doing my part to stop global warming, LOL.
jdaisy jdaisy 10 years
Make the connection - this applies to leather as well.
Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 10 years
Honestly sounds like bull to me.
renaimarie renaimarie 10 years
Holy crap! Hah! I eat red meat MAYBE twice a month. I can't imagine every day!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 10 years
I could never give up my red meat! I love my moo-moo cows WAY too much.
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