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Saturday, April 4, 2009

The Real Price of MEAT!

Statistics: If every American (300 million) gave up meat for 1 day a week, this would have the same positive effect on reducing greenhouse gases as saving 90 million plane tickets from New York to Los Angeles! (source: “Meat the Truth” documentary, video clip) [1]

**Price of Meat is about the cost of meat on global warming and what people and governments are doing to reduce it’s production and consumption.

Livestock production is the #2 cause of greenhouse gas emissions, more than the emissions from all forms of transportation combined (UN). In addition, livestock production is the #1 source of anthropogenic (human-based) methane emissions, which is a gas that has 20 times the heat-trapping power (GWP) of CO2. By reducing methane emissions we could more quickly cool the atmosphere, but ignoring it could be disastrous. Scientists say that global warming could trigger the release of billions of tons of methane trapped beneath the Arctic Ice and oceans, leading to a point of no-return.

Watch Mark Bittman speak about this on the Colbert Report Comedy Cental.

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