Fog City Green Tip of the Day:
Become a vegetarian or eat less meat
Photo courtesy University of Kansas
April 12, 2007
What is more responsible for Global Warming: Your car's exhaust
emissions, or the meat that you eat? Believe it or not, it's the
meat that you eat.
Meet the world's top destroyer of the environment: Livestock.
Just how enormous is this problem? According to a new report,
from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation
(Livestock's Long Shadow), there are 1.5 billion cattle and buffalo
in the world and 1.7 billion sheep and goats. The effect of so
much livestock in the world has resulted river and waterway pollution
and increases in deforestation to create livestock pastures.
Livestock production is one of the driving forces behind the
burning of the Amazon forest.
According to the report, the international meat industry generates
as much as 18% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, more than
all the world's planes, trains and automobiles combined.
If you eat less meat, or switch to a vegetarian diet, you can
shrink your greenhouse gas footprint by up to 1.5 tons of carbon
dioxide a year.
You can do something about Global Warming! Eat less meat, or
better still, become a vegetarian.