Thursday, September 13, 2007

Red Meat and Global Warming?

Remember back in 1997 when El Nino was the catch phrase and it was common to link EVERYTHING to El Nino? "Boy, my arthritis is acting up. Must be El Nino. Man, that chicken soup didn't turn out like I wanted it. yep, must be El Nino." And the list went on and on...

Global Warming is now getting the same treatment like the El Nino fad 10 years ago. Yes, red Meat consumption and Global Warming are linked according to the latest article in the medical journal The Lancet.

Here is an exerpt from the original Associated Press story:

"...Eating less meat could help slow global warming by reducing the number of livestock and thereby decreasing the amount of methane flatulence from the animals, scientists said on Thursday. In a special energy and health series of the medical journal The Lancet, experts said people should eat fewer steaks and hamburgers. Reducing global red meat consumption by 10 percent, they said, would cut the gases emitted by cows, sheep and goats that contribute to global warming...If people knew that they were threatening the environment by eating more meat, they might think twice before ordering a burger," said Geni Brewster, nutritianist.

Are you freaking kidding me!

I am all for protecting the environment. While I don't subscribe to the notion that the earth will heat up and boil away in 200 years (the science for my conclusion is reserved for another time), I realize that economically, we must rely on other forms of fuel and curb others. Going green shouldn't be something that is pushed for by politicans, it is just plain common sense. I get that. I really do.

But now, we have to stop cows from farting to save the planet? The next

Sure, eatting less red meat is good for your diet. And yes, methane from cows is a source of methane emissions in the atmosphere. But I'll be damned if I'm quitting my weekly steak.

(Oh yes, just because I mentioned the economical aspect of environmental change, don't label me a super-conservative republican. Regardless of your political persuasion, I think we all want to save a buck so leave political stereotypes out of it.)


Sniderman said...

Um... what he said.

Mary Helen said...

You super-conservative Republican! Of course just kidding. Your pictures of Nathan are great.

SABS said...

If I were super-conservative republican guy, I would need to wear bow ties like those guys do over at FOX. Instead, I like to keep my shirts unbuttoned halfway down...yeah baby.

Mary Helen said...

But do you have a thick gold chain?