Yes, I did see that explanation, but will have to search further for who runs the site and crunches the numbers.
Ben said:Robert, I recommend to you the book 'The Vegetarian Myth' by Lierre Keith, if you have not heard of it already. It is probably the most concise explanation I have read of why any system of food production which does NOT involve animals is unsustainable. The issue, as you have outlined, is the way in which we feed and raise the majority of animals in modern agriculture. As usual, the corporate and economic power structure is the root of this problem.
Robert Kirkconnell said:The threat to the environment appears not to be overpopulation. Chris Hedges recently wrote, "Animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than all worldwide transportation combined—cars, trucks, trains, ships and planes.3 Livestock and their waste and flatulence account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, or 51 percent of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.4 Livestock causes 65 percent of all emissions of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas 296 times more destructive than carbon dioxide.
Although this is not the total answer, it is a big step to identifying what the problem really is. Over and over again I see people who skip right to solutions without defining what the problem is and analyzing it.
voyageur said:There are others here who have a very good handle on these issues, so perhaps they may correct me and offer you other things worth reading.
Robert Kirkconnell said:Interesting comments. The manner in which meat is produced is, of course, the crux of the issue. There is no question that it takes over a thousand gallons to produce one pound of beef. Add to this the fact that US agriculture is now putting ten calories of fossil fuels into crops to get one calorie on your plate. When the crops grown are then fed to live stock the ratio is even worse, far worse. Further, the pollution caused is mind boggling! Of course there are some who contradict these known facts, but every time I have checked they have been backed up by big power and money.
I will check out some of the info that disputes the above, and more, when I get back. Just too busy now at the Miami Book Fair, which is most interesting. Always great to hear from you folks. Perhaps we will fart our way to oblivion!