Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Another attack on carnivores and their prey

Humans' beef with livestock: a warmer planet | csmonitor.com:
"It's not just the well-known and frequently joked-about flatulence and manure of grass-chewing cattle that's the problem, according to a recent report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Land-use changes, especially deforestation to expand pastures and to create arable land for feed crops, is a big part. So is the use of energy to produce fertilizers, to run the slaughterhouses and meat-processing plants, and to pump water."

By adding in all these impacts, the FAO comes to the conclusion that we meat eaters are a bigger source of pollution than the transport sector. Of course, this whole business is founded on the false premise that CO2 is a dangerous pollutant rather than a fertilizer stimulating the growth and abundance of both plants and animals. Oh, well ... what's the use of logic and science when there is a nice crisis brewing that some meddlesome busybodies can use to boss other people around.


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