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The meat industry impact on climate change

Hayd
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4/14/2016 1:51:24 AM
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If there was a global transition to a low-meat diet would reduce climate change mitigation by 50% by 2050. Does this warrant a governmental reduction of the meat industry?
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Skepticalone
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4/14/2016 3:25:09 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 4/14/2016 1:51:24 AM, Hayd wrote:
If there was a global transition to a low-meat diet would reduce climate change mitigation by 50% by 2050. Does this warrant a governmental reduction of the meat industry?
http://link.springer.com...

I think educating the public would be the first course of action.
Science has taught us that, because we have a talent for deceiving ourselves, subjectivity may not freely reign. - Carl Sagan

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts. - Bertrand Russell
Hayd
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4/14/2016 3:36:06 AM
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At 4/14/2016 3:25:09 AM, Skepticalone wrote:
At 4/14/2016 1:51:24 AM, Hayd wrote:
If there was a global transition to a low-meat diet would reduce climate change mitigation by 50% by 2050. Does this warrant a governmental reduction of the meat industry?
http://link.springer.com...

I think educating the public would be the first course of action.

How would that be carried out?
Subutai
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4/14/2016 3:39:11 AM
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At 4/14/2016 1:51:24 AM, Hayd wrote:
If there was a global transition to a low-meat diet would reduce climate change mitigation by 50% by 2050. Does this warrant a governmental reduction of the meat industry?
http://link.springer.com...

I think it should. We're at the point that, if we don't start making drastic changes soon, the climate will reach a state so bad that no attempts after that could mitigate the plethora of bad effects it would cause. It doesn't have to be so drastic as to cut out all meat consumption, but severe limitations on particularly the beef industry (because the production of beef by far takes the most water of any major meat, and cows release a lot of methane into the atmosphere) are very important now.
Lying on the hill, crawling over the windowsill into your living room, they stare out, glass-eyed aimless heads, bodies torn by vultures. You are the man whose hands are rank with the smell of death. - Peter Hammill, "The Emperor in His War Room"
Hayd
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4/14/2016 3:40:30 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 4/14/2016 3:39:11 AM, Subutai wrote:
At 4/14/2016 1:51:24 AM, Hayd wrote:
If there was a global transition to a low-meat diet would reduce climate change mitigation by 50% by 2050. Does this warrant a governmental reduction of the meat industry?
http://link.springer.com...

I think it should. We're at the point that, if we don't start making drastic changes soon, the climate will reach a state so bad that no attempts after that could mitigate the plethora of bad effects it would cause. It doesn't have to be so drastic as to cut out all meat consumption, but severe limitations on particularly the beef industry (because the production of beef by far takes the most water of any major meat, and cows release a lot of methane into the atmosphere) are very important now.

Exactly. Forcing a vegetarian diet is not an option, but rationing would be feasible.
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4/14/2016 3:51:28 AM
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At 4/14/2016 3:36:06 AM, Hayd wrote:
At 4/14/2016 3:25:09 AM, Skepticalone wrote:
At 4/14/2016 1:51:24 AM, Hayd wrote:
If there was a global transition to a low-meat diet would reduce climate change mitigation by 50% by 2050. Does this warrant a governmental reduction of the meat industry?
http://link.springer.com...

I think educating the public would be the first course of action.

How would that be carried out?

I would imagine most people are unaware of the quantity of emissions associated with the meat industry. This should be made common knowledge. To follow that, point out a healthy diet (with less meat) is good for the individual and the environment.
Science has taught us that, because we have a talent for deceiving ourselves, subjectivity may not freely reign. - Carl Sagan

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts. - Bertrand Russell