Wednesday, September 10, 2008

United Nations: Meat worse for environment than cars

According to the United Nations (UN), the meat industry creates 18 percent of the world's total greenhouse gas emissions, while transportation accounts for just 13 percent, reports the BBC.

The UN 's climate chief told the BBC, "among options for mitigating climate change, changing diets is something one should consider."

Meat industry emissions include those related to, "clearing forested land, making and transporting fertiliser, burning fossil fuels in farm vehicles, and the front and rear end emissions of cattle and sheep." The emissions include carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide.

The UK National Farmer's Union is quick to point out they're taking steps to curb methane emissions. And they've done a pretty good job. Since 1990, methane emissions from UK farms are down 13 percent. But unfortunately, "the biggest source globally of carbon dioxide from meat production is land clearance, particularly of tropical forest."

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