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Older Mommy Still Yummy: Living Green, One Tip at a Time - (a weekly feature)

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Living Green, One Tip at a Time - (a weekly feature)

Living Green, One Tip at a Time -

#8 - Your Food  (part 1)

Switching to a vegetarian diet is a powerful way to help protect our environment and help ensure everyone has enough to eat. The United Nations recently released Livestock's Long Shadow–Environmental Issues and Options, which concludes that the livestock sector (primarily cows, chickens, and pigs) emerges as one of the top two or three most significant contributors to our most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global. It is one of the largest sources of greenhouse gases - responsible for 18% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions as measured in CO2 equivalents. By comparison, all transportation emits 13.5% of the CO2. It produces 65% of human-related nitrous oxide (which has 296 times the climate change potential of CO2) and 37% of all human-induced methane (which is 23 times as warming as CO2). It also generates 64% of the ammonia, which contributes to acid rain and acidification of ecosystems. In addition, the enormous amounts of grain required to feed livestock reduces the amount of food available for the world's hungry. Buying organic, locally grown food also reduces climate change emissions and helps protect the environment.

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Monica

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At May 7, 2011 at 5:40 PM , Blogger Ruth said...

Buying locally grown is such a good thing. It is fresher and therefore healthier.
I live in IA and I know the water quality isn't as good because of all the runoff from all the farms and the air quality isn't so good thanks to all the hog confinements.

 
At May 8, 2011 at 6:35 AM , Blogger Duncan D. Horne said...

Vegetarian is definitely a diet which is better for our health and the world's well-being. Too much meat is just not good!

Duncan In Kuantan

 

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