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Friday, July 20, 2007

Environmentalism - Turning Us All Into Hippies

One of the reasons that Environmentalism is difficult for many people to swallow isn't just the questionable science regarding Global Warming.... no, it's also the problem that much of what those in the Church of EnvironmentalismTM prescribe is intended to turn us all into poorly dressed, scrawny vegan hippies:

Eating beef ' is less green than driving'
Last Updated: 2:59am BST 19/07/2007

Producing 2.2lb of beef generates as much greenhouse gas as driving a car non-stop for three hours, it was claimed yesterday.

Japanese scientists used a range of data to calculate the environmental impact of a single purchase of beef.

Taking into account all the processes involved, they said, four average sized steaks generated greenhouse gases with a warming potential equivalent to 80.25lb of carbon dioxide.

This also consumed 169 megajoules of energy.

That means that 2.2lb of beef is responsible for greenhouse gas emissions which have the same effect as the carbon dioxide released by an ordinary car travelling at 50 miles per hour for 155 miles, a journey lasting three hours. The amount of energy consumed would light a 100-watt bulb for 20 days.

Most of the greenhouse gas emissions are in the form of methane released from the animals' digestive systems, New Scientist magazine reported.

But more than two thirds of the energy used goes towards producing and transporting cattle feed, said the study, which was led by Akifumi Ogino from the National Institute of Livestock and Grassland Science in Tsukuba, Japan.

Su Taylor, the press officer for the Vegetarian Society, told New Scientist: "Everybody is trying to come up with different ways to reduce carbon footprints, but one of the easiest things you can do is to stop eating meat."

To which my only response is (in a Homer Simpson voice), "mmmmm, beef..."

And never mind the fact that Environmentalism can kill you.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Comments (1)
Anonymous said...

Crazy horse or rather Chivalrous Bull says:

All this from the land of the "holy horse" this is interesting. Among big mammals, horses to get special treatment in the US. A representative link:

http://www.mercurynews.com/nationworld/ci_6417470

Is this because we mammals get weaned as infants into drinking mare's milk. True in some countries though.

Had had chival for dinner guess in which country?

Chivalrous Bull