Cut Meat and Dairy Consumption to Reduce Our Carbon Footprint? Not Necessarily, Says Holistic Management International COO

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Submitted by gregster on Thu, 2007-08-02 03:50

The amount of hot air generated by this CO2 debate will itself be cited as the cause of global warming if these socialist morons continue to get airtime:

Aug 2,2007-Holter was reacting to a recent article in The Guardian, "Eat Your Greens," which cited the well-publicized UN report asserting that the global livestock sector generates more greenhouse gas emissions than all forms of transport.

02/08/07 "We're glad to see that the British government is developing a benchmark to measure the carbon impacts of all goods and services, especially food," says Peter Holter, COO of the non-profit, Holistic Management International (HMI). "But we disagree with the idea that we absolutely must cut our meat and dairy consumption to reduce both the human carbon footprint and the livestock sector's carbon impacts."

Holter was reacting to a recent article in The Guardian, "Eat Your Greens," which cited the well-publicized UN report asserting that the global livestock sector generates more greenhouse gas emissions than all forms of transport.

The Guardian article also quoted activists and experts who suggested that chicken is at the top of the "carbon-friendly" meat list; that people should seriously consider shifting to a vegan diet; and that seasonal, field-grown vegetables contribute to reducing climate change emissions because so little energy is needed to produce them.

"While I would never want to discourage anyone from switching to a vegan diet or easting seasonal vegetables and organic food, the problem with livestock is not so much their manure per se, but how the animals are managed under our industrialized feeding system," says Holter. "The manure, methane and carbon dioxide build-up cited in the UN report are caused by confining cows and other livestock in feedlots."

Holter suggests that we change our methods and allow animals to graze on pastures in a controlled manner. The benefits are that:

1. Animals release their manure into the soil with more even distribution.
2. When animal hooves work the soil, manure is more quickly absorbed -- increasing the soil's organic matter, fertilizing it, and making it healthier.
3. A larger base of healthy soil absorbs more carbon dioxide, reduces the amounts of methane released into the atmosphere, and has a positive impact on global warming,
4. We'll substantially reduce or eliminate the use of fossil fuels in tractors and fertilizers.

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