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Frank L. Hoffman
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Letter from Jenny Moxham about the Connection Between Meat Eating and Global Warming - 5 Jun 2007
Mountain Views, 5 June
Heat on meat
Regarding global warming, Mr Meacher said "We'd like to see more information about what we as individuals can do to tackle it." (Gore film takes group skywards, 29/5) Well, back in 2005, Professor Ian Lowe, President of the Australian Conservation Foundation suggested a way of tackling it. He said, "There is no doubt that reducing consumption of meat, especially red meat, is one of the most effective things the individual can do to reduce their greenhouse gas pollution.
Producing meat turns vegetable protein very inefficiently into animal protein, using large amounts of energy and water in the process. Secondly, meat production takes place a long way from the main population centres, so large amounts of fuel energy areneeded to transport meat to urban consumers. Thirdly, meat products need to be cooked to be safe to eat, generating more greenhouse gas pollution.
Ruminant animals also produce large amounts of methane, a much more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, in the process of digesting grass. So overall, meat production in general and beef production in particular is a serious contribution to greenhouse gas pollution and hence global warming."
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