Sunday, September 07, 2008

United Nations menu suggestions

In this news item from BBC, we learn that the head of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Rajendra Pachauri is recommending that we all consider eating less meat protein.

Essentially the science behind this is that 18% of the worlds global warming gases are produced in animal meat raising, mostly attributed to methane gas from animal waste, as well as reduction of forests to grow feed and grass lands for animals. This is compared to 13% for all the worlds transportation contributions to global warming.

The meaningful philosophy turned into practice here would see a dramatic menu change for the appetite of the planet, away from animal protein and more for healthier vegetarian, vegan and fruit diets.

We know already that it takes more energy in calories to feed and provide water to cattle, then what cattle return to us in the form of food protein. Rather than just growing vegetables, fruits and grains for people to consume directly in other words.

Therefore, the power is in each of our own hands to use our grocery store and restaurant menu decision making to do our part for a better environment.

The suggestion by the U.N. is for people to at least begin this thought and action process toward eating more vegetables than meat at least.

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