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Environmental Impact
Comments by Denis Sauvageau - 3 Jan 2010

To whom this may concern;

I have taken the liberty to review comments on your website with regards to nuclear power’s role in climate change. Although I do support many of the comments on the website on that page I am somewhat concerned about the generality statement pointing to livestock as being the largest greenhouse gas (GHG) emitter on the planet. I do not wish to be disrespectful but do want to share a few comments on this matter. Firstly that Intensive Livestock practices are at the center of the issue. ILO’s concentrate all of the production in one area, which requires the production of feed on land hundreds and sometimes thousands of miles away. Then there is the fact that feeding corn or grains to animals is not a natural thing therefore gaseous compounds are expelled. To add to this point we must consider the GHG increases which have been made with ILO’s and compare them to naturally raised livestock where you merely put the animals to pasture without the need for heavy farm equipment to package the feed and deal with the manure.

In some ways I am suggesting that if animals are at the root of the problem that would then mean that wild animals are also contributing to this dilemma. What do we do about the wild animals??? I do not think that it is fair to toss all animals into the same can of worms when we are talking about GHG emissions. The way they are raised has a lot to do with it.

When we look at vegetarianism, we end up with similar issues with regards to having to produce food with heavy equipment along with the transportation of that food to large cities. Vegetables are not immune to GHG emissions. There are parts of the world where fruits cannot be grown therefore they have to be either flown in or shipped by ocean vessel before they get to our kitchen table, that generates GHG emissions as well.

This can be summed up in an easy to remember statement, food production and consumption can be a choice much like driving a smaller car. People need to understand that the big box stores will make a profit regardless of the costs to the environment. It’s up to consumers to force the change.

Denis Sauvageau