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Where’s The Beef?

September 8, 2008

Not on your plate if Dr Rajendra Pachauri, (chair of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) has anything to say about it.

UN says eat less meat to curb global warming

People should have one meat-free day a week if they want to make a personal and effective sacrifice that would help tackle climate change, the world’s leading authority on global warming has told The Observer

Dr Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which last year earned a joint share of the Nobel Peace Prize, said that people should then go on to reduce their meat consumption even further.

Tomorrow, Pachauri will speak at an event hosted by animal welfare group Compassion in World Farming, which has calculated that if the average UK household halved meat consumption that would cut emissions more than if car use was cut in half.

The group has called for governments to lead campaigns to reduce meat consumption by 60 per cent by 2020. Campaigners have also pointed out the health benefits of eating less meat.

Reach across my plate and touch my meat and you will find
the tines of my fork piercing your hand.

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A Hummer on a plate?

Time Part II: Magazine Also Has a Beef with Steak

Time’s 51 things ‘to make a difference’ would control food we eat and where it is grown.

It’s been awhile since we were asked where the beef is, but now Time has an answer: the atmosphere. As one of its 51 ways to “make a difference” for the planet, Time magazine writers want everyone to “skip the steak.” The magazine actually claimed “a 16-oz. T-bone is like a Hummer on a plate.”

The magazine at least wants us to go veggie. “If you switch to vegetarianism, you can shrink your carbon footprint,” its April 9 report said. Of course, if you don’t eat, you die, which may be the unstated 52nd thing we are all supposed to do to save the planet from the ravages of man.

We can’t escape the ravages of Time, but here are more of the 51 things we are supposed to do, so the editors and writers at the magazine can feel good about themselves.

It’s hard to do justice to all 51, so all this week the Business & Media Institute will be addressing the most entertaining or ridiculous of the suggestions. Here’s Part I.

Each of the 51 things is rated by its “impact,” “time horizon” and “feel good factor.” Here are a few highlights (Time’s ratings on a scale of 1 to 10/low to high):

Kill a cow, have a steak, save the planet. Works for me!

# 22 “Skip the steak” – This little bit of propaganda starts off extreme by asking: “Which is responsible for more global warming, your BMW or your Big Mac?” “It’s your burger,” it answers.

The magazine argues, quoting fellow wasteful print publication The New York Times, that cows produce nitrous oxide in manure and methane in, well, cow flatulence. (Given that, killing cows would seem environmentally friendly.) Impact: 5. (The impact would be a 10, if Time writers tried to stop most meat eaters from enjoying their meal.) Feel good factor: 7. (In reality, it’s a 1 for the consumer. Maybe a 10 or more for the cow. So 7 isn’t exactly an average.)

So much for their influence.

My mouth is watering for a bigjuicysteak.

Besides God approves of meat for human consumption
and far be it for me to question God.

Previously:
The Lunatic Asylum Otherwise Known As The Environmental Movement
Global Warming Deniers Likened to Incestuous Pervert Josef Fritzl
Ba Ba Green Sheep
Computer Generated Image From “The Day After Tomorrow” Used in “An Inconvenient Truth”
Nutty Professor
We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming…

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  1. Dubai Don permalink
    September 8, 2008 6:13 pm

    If this is correct then if we drill in the anwr and this causes all the caribou to die we will accomplish a 0 carbon footprint??

  2. September 8, 2008 6:32 pm

    Dubai Don

    I believe you have a point.
    Drill here.
    Drill now.
    Reduce carbon footprint.

    Win. Win. 😀

  3. September 8, 2008 7:22 pm

    Whenever I read the Old Testament and about the sacrificial system I often think of a friend who summarized it as, “God loves barbeque.”

    Neil’s last blog post..False teacher on Palin

  4. September 8, 2008 10:48 pm

    Good post here, so now we have The dictation of a global diet for all to follow?

    That is what the left has in store for Americans if allowed back in the white house and not run out of congress on a rail , Obama is a UN alter worshiper as we know. He’s not even elected yet and he’s given the world 842 billion of our tax dollars in the form of his “please love me everyone” bill known as Global Poverty Act, or as I call it welfare for the world’s lazy f***s.

    ChicagoRay’s last blog post..MSNBSLEAZE Wakes Up And Smells The Napalm in the Morning…

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