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#1 Old 01-24-2010, 11:14 AM
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Delegates arriving at the gates of the climate conference in Copenhagen last month were met by women in furry animal suits holding placards showing pictures of lambs, cows and pigs and warning, “Don’t Eat Me.”

The women were representatives of Ching Hai, the leader of a group that advocates adherence to Buddhist precepts, including following vegan or vegetarian diets.

As they lined up for hours in freezing conditions, many of the delegates seemed grateful for the neatly wrapped snacks — meat-free sandwiches — that the women were handing out free.


Certainly the issue may be more nuanced than some commentators have suggested.

For example, cattle fed on grass may have much lower carbon footprints than those fed in feedlots because animals in pasture lands require fewer fossil fuel-based inputs like fertilizers and because they help the soil sequester carbon.

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#2 Old 01-24-2010, 11:32 AM
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Would, for example, wild herbivores and termite mounds take over many of these environments, and end up producing as much greenhouse gases as domestic ruminants? Mr. Seré asked. We frankly dont, and cant, know that yet.

Yeah, those termite mounds and wild herbivores are going to willingly move into your factory farms and manage to produce just as much greenhouse gasses and waste. I believe you.

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I could see how "free range" cows would have a lower carbon footprint than factory farm cows. Having no cows at all would have an even lower carbon footprint, though.


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