Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Save the planet by changing your diet

Here's an article published inThe Canadian National Newspaper

Save the planet by changing your diet

Will becoming a Vegan/Vegetarian actually help to save our Planet?

With the recent reports over the past year, and growing, according to a report made by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 2007.

It states that the animal industry and farming of billions of Animals per year, is the main contributor for the "Green house gases that is produced by the dung "Methane gas" from billions of farm animals each year -- Which Al Gore has not yet addressed.

Animal agriculture is the major contributing factor for Global Warming.

It is the number one reason for the deforestation of our forests and rainforests, destroying our planet and natural energy/resources, water, land and our air polluting it. YouTube LINK

According to this one report: "Livestock are one of the most significant contributors to today's most serious environmental problems," Henning Steinfeld, senior author of the report, said when the FAO findings were released in November.

Livestock are responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse-gas emissions as measured in carbon dioxide equivalent, reports the FAO. This includes 9 percent of all CO2 emissions, 37 percent of methane, and 65 percent of nitrous oxide. Altogether, that's more than the emissions caused by transportation.

The latter two gases are particularly troubling – even though they represent far smaller concentrations in atmosphere than CO2, which remains the main global warming culprit. But methane has 23 times the global warming potential (GWP) of CO2 and nitrous oxide has 296 times the warming potential of carbon dioxide.

Methane could become a greater problem if the permafrost in northern latitudes thaws with increasing temperatures, releasing the gas now trapped below decaying vegetation. What's more certain is that emissions of these gases can spike as humans consume more livestock products.

"Arguably the best way to reduce global warming in our lifetimes is to reduce or eliminate our consumption of animal products," writes Noam Mohr in a report for EarthSave International.

Changing one's diet can lower greenhouse gas emissions quicker than shifts away from fossil fuel burning technologies, Mr. Mohr writes, because the turnover rate for farm animals is shorter than that for cars and power plants.

It is a lot easier and quicker and practical to cut down or cut out animals products right away than to go out and buy a fuel efficient car, getting solar panels, or wind energy right away. People just cant afford it, they have to save for it and it takes time to do these things. Plain and simple solution, is the way to start with the easiest most effective method you can do today. Cutting down the consumption of animals products or, cut it out.

Recent reports are confirming that if we seriously consider cutting animal products from our diet, we will be actually saving our planet Earth

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