Everyone’s Talking

So, every day I check a list of news sites and blogs to get up to speed on the goings-on of the world. Over the past few days I have noticed a major increase in articles relating animal production to greenhouse gases. Also, I’ve been sent emails, from family and DawnWatch, stressing those points. I guess what confuses me is that we have known about this for a long time. Granted the study the UN came out with, showing that meat production releases 18% more greenhouse gases than all transporation combined, has been fairly recent. Anyway, I wanted to get my two cents into the conversation since it seems to have become such a hot topic.

I was sent this little nugget of information. It states,

2.2lb of beef is responsible for greenhouse gas emissions which have the same effect as the carbon dioxide released by an ordinary car travelling at 50 miles per hour for 155 miles, a journey lasting three hours. The amount of energy consumed would light a 100-watt bulb for 20 days.

…Some trivia for you.

For a complete look at the issues, check out my guest posts over at ThrillingHeroics where I wrote a two part series on veganism and sustainability.

EPA Protects Factory Farms

Nearly 2,600 factory farms have made an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency in which the farms will pay a small civil penalty fee and permit the EPA to monitor the farms as part of a study on emissions. What do the factory farms get out of it? They can produce as much air polution and stench as they want, and they can’t be sued. The EPA says that this agreement is the most sensible way to study farm emissions.

Eight universities are conducting the study which will last 30 months. The worst part is that of those 2,600 farms that entered into the agreement, only 24 animal feeding operations will be studied in nine states. To read more, check out this article.

Save the Birds

Altamont Pass, California house the states largest wind farm with 5,400 turbines. These turbines kill up to 1,300 birds every year often by dismembarment or beheading. The wind farm is situated right next to the largest habitat of golden eagles. The birds utilize this airspace for the same reason the turbines do; Good wind for migration. Now studies are being conducted to reduce the number of bird deaths and plans for safety measures are in the works.

Playing Catch-Up

I’ve been gone for the past few day, but this should make up for it.

Impolite Cows

Belching cows – We all know animal agriculture is anything but good for our environment, but did you know that a significant portion of methane comes not only from manure but burping? Now they’re trying to find ways to limit methane gas from being excreted by cows, a.k.a. how do we make cows stop burping and pooping? Yep, good luck with that.

Happy National Ice Cream Day!

I had no idea that this was even a national holiday. Turns out that today is national ice cream day, so go grab some fake stuff, and enjoy!

More on China

Bitting back at our refusal to import chinese seafood, China has now blocked import of chicken and pork from two of the largest producers in the U.S., Tyson and Cargill. Both of these companies have been supposedly exporting products with chemicals and bacteria.