Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Hoaxes and Myths

The meat industry is one of the top contributors to climate change, directly and indirectly producing about 14.5 percent of the world’s anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, and global meat consumption is on the rise. People generally like eating meat—when poor people start making more money, they almost invariably start buying more meat. As the population grows and eats more animal products, the consequences for climate change, pollution, and land use could be catastrophic.

Dear Ms. Uninformed Writer:

You have attacked an innocent straw man.  It is industrial food production that goggles up oil and spits it out as carbon, not animals per se.  A grassfed animal is carbon negative, since the animal feeds the grasses and the grasses goggle up carbon in copious amounts.  So, if your argument is against using oil to make fertilizer and grow crops which are then fed to animals - OK, that's a bad part of industrial food production, and one that may in fact use more oil and make more carbon that other forms of industrial food production.  It would be just lovely if you could be that clear about what you mean.

However, it is yet to be proved, and in all likelihood will never be proved, that carbon emissions have a significant role in climate change.  Thus, your entire point is just another ill informed political advocacy based on ignorance.  

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