Here’s what could happen if America went 100% vegan

November 14, 2017 by  
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What if America threw out its hot dogs and hamburgers in favor of vegan fare? You might say that would never happen, but two scientists – from Virginia Tech and the United States Department of Agriculture – decided to explore how such a choice would impact the country’s greenhouse gas emissions . Their study discovered that annual agricultural emissions would fall from 623 million tons to 446 million tons. Eating vegan wouldn’t solve all of America’s greenhouse gas problems. But it would definitely make an impact. Animals currently comprise 49 percent of the US’ agricultural emissions. In a vegan America, agricultural emissions could drop by 28 percent. But total US emissions would only fall by 2.6 percent, according to the study . Related: 10 vegan sources of protein you can grow at home The study authors also noted a plant-only system wouldn’t meet the American population’s dietary needs for calcium, a few fatty acids, and vitamins A and B. Lead author Robin White of Virginia Tech told Science Magazine , “With carefully balanced rations, you can meet all of your nutrient requirements with a vegetarian diet. But the types of foods that seem to do that, we don’t currently produce in sufficient quantities to make it a sustainable diet for the entire population.” The study did find that without animals, total food production could increase by 23 percent – mostly in grains, according to Gizmodo . Not every expert agrees with the study’s assumptions. Nutritionist Joan Sabate of Loma Linda University told Science Magazine, “[We] could yield a better nutrient profile if we do restructure the land use.” Agricultural researcher Mario Herrero of Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization said America going vegan could impact other countries as well – if the United States ceased importing so much meat , greenhouse gas emissions of other countries could fall too. Even if going vegan doesn’t solve all of the US’ climate change woes, it is clear a diet with less meat and more plants could help the planet. Project Drawdown – a coalition of scientists, entrepreneurs, and advocates – ranked a plant-rich diet as the number four solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America published the study online yesterday. + PNAS Via Science Magazine and Gizmodo Images via Tim Wright on Unsplash , Brooke Cagle on Unsplash , and Alexandra Andersson on Unsplash

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Cow farts may be contributing more to global warming than we realized

October 4, 2017 by  
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When you hear the words ‘ cow farts,’ you probably giggle a little. But bovine flatulence and belches are pumping methane into the atmosphere, and contributing even more greenhouse gas emissions than scientists previously thought. According to new NASA -funded research, estimates of livestock emissions could have been off by around 10 percent. When we think of greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change , carbon dioxide is typically the first one that comes to mind. But methane – even though it can break down quicker – is around 85 times more powerful in trapping heat. And guess who’s pouring methane into the air? Cows. Three scientists, from the United States Department of Agriculture , Joint Global Change Research Institute , and the United States Department of Energy , reevaluated data employed to calculate 2006 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change emissions factors. They created revised emissions factors and discovered livestock methane emissions were 11 percent higher in 2011 than other estimates arrived at using the 2006 guidelines. Related: How oregano could save the world by reducing bovine belching The journal Carbon Balance and Management published the research the end of September. Lead author Julie Wolf said in a statement , “In many regions of the world, livestock numbers are changing, and breeding has resulted in larger animals with higher intakes of food. This, along with changes in livestock management, can lead to higher methane emissions.” The way we deal with cow poop also influences how many emissions enter the air. Using manure as fertilizer on fields yields less methane than storing the poop in pits. Changes like that one have caused global methane emissions to increase by almost 37 percent. Between 2003 and 2011, livestock yielded around one fifth of methane emissions – but they were also responsible for between half and three quarters of the methane emissions increase researchers noted during that time period. Even if you’re not a farmer, and can’t control farming practices, Popular Science said it wouldn’t hurt to eat less red meat . Via Forbes and Popular Science Images via Ryan Song on Unsplash and Filip Bunkens on Unsplash

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Household pets responsible for up to 30% of US meat environmental impact

August 8, 2017 by  
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Just last week a report found that American citizens’ insatiable appetite for meat is resulting in the largest-ever “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico . Now we’ve learned that furry family members are just as guilty when it comes to environmental degradation. This is because American cats and dogs rank 5th in global meat consumption, according to a new study. In his research, UCLA professor Gregory Okin was interested to learn what effect household pets have on the environment. “I was thinking about how cool it is that chickens are vegetarian and make protein for us to eat, whereas many other pets eat a lot of protein from meat,” he said. “And that got me thinking – how much meat do our pets eat?” Okin found that the meat consumption by pet dogs and cats creates the equivalent of about 64 million tons of CO2 annually. To put that into perspective, that’s about the same climate impact as a year’s worth of driving 13.6 million cars. Okin confesses he has nothing against household pets, but their contribution to climate change cannot be overlooked. “I like dogs and cats, and I’m definitely not recommending that people get rid of their pets or put them on a vegetarian diet, which would be unhealthy,” said the UCLA professor. “But I do think we should consider all the impacts that pets have so we can have an honest conversation about them. Pets have many benefits, but also a huge environmental impact.” Related: Taiwan is first Asian country to ban eating cats and dogs According to the study published in the journal PLOS , if cats and dogs ruled their own country, they would be responsible for an astounding 25 to 30 percent of the environmental impact of meat consumption in the U.S. In fact, household pets’ meat consumption fall behind only Russia, Brazil, the United States and China. As a result of, they produce 5.1 million tons of feces each year — as much as 90 million Americans, writes Alison Hewitt of UCLA. In the study, Okin cited previous research that found the American diet “produces the equivalent of 260 million tons of carbon dioxide from livestock production.” He then calculated how much meat 163 million cats and dogs consume compared to 321 million Americans. This data helped him establish how many tons of greenhouse gases are tied to pet food. It turns out cats and dogs in the U.S. consume 19 percent as many calories as American people do — that’s the same amount as the entire population of France! Additionally, about 25 percent of cats’ and dogs’ diets are meat-based. Okin concluded the best thing humans can do to benefit the environment is to compromise the quality of meat they serve their furry family members. “A dog doesn’t need to eat steak,” Okin said. “A dog can eat things a human sincerely can’t. So what if we could turn some of that pet food into people chow?” “I’m not a vegetarian , but eating meat does come at a cost,” he added. “Those of us in favor of eating or serving meat need to be able to have an informed conversation about our choices, and that includes the choices we make for our pets.” + PLOS Via TreeHugger Images via Pixabay

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McDonald’s to Add Lab-Grown ‘Chicken’ McNuggets to its Menu

April 1, 2015 by  
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McDonald ‘s just announced it will be the first fast food restaurant in the United States to add lab-grown meat to its menu. Following the success of Sergey Brin’s lab-grown burger experiment in London last year, McDonald’s says they will ‘grow’ their own chicken McNuggets in special laboratories across New Jersey. The move is expected to reduce the number of real chickens needed to supply the company’s 35,000 outlets across the globe. Read the rest of McDonald’s to Add Lab-Grown ‘Chicken’ McNuggets to its Menu Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “april fools” , “sustainable agriculture” , chicken mcnuggets , fake meat , fast food , green fast food , lab grown meat , lab meat , livestock , mcdonalds , mcnuggets , PETA , stem cells , sustainable fast food , sustainable food

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Journalist to Film Factory Farms from Above Using Drones to Get Around Ag Gag Laws

July 8, 2014 by  
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Footage of what happens on factory farms has horrified people in the past, so much so that several states have made it illegal to document livestock operations. But investigative journalist, Will Potter hopes to get around the “ag gag” laws by using drones to photograph the farms from the air. But he needs help raising the finances to undertake the project so he can pay for the equipment, legal expenses, video production and other equipment he needs to make a short documentary, create an e-book and document abuses at factory farms. His Kickstarter campaign (which ends today) has already raised $48,000, with a promise to match all donations above $45,000. Read the rest of Journalist to Film Factory Farms from Above Using Drones to Get Around Ag Gag Laws Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ag , documentary , drone , factory , farm , feedlot , food , footage , gag , henner , journalist , kickstarter , laws , livestock , mishka , operation , potter , safety , Satellite , will

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Cattle are the World’s Top Greenhouse Gas Emitters Among Livestock, Study Finds

February 7, 2014 by  
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If you want to dramatically reduce your carbon footprint, you might want to start with your dinner plate. A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences revealed that cattle are the top emitters of greenhouse gasses among livestock. The research, backed by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) found that among small ruminants, poultry, pigs, and cattle were responsible for more than three-quarters of livestock emissions. Read the rest of Cattle are the World’s Top Greenhouse Gas Emitters Among Livestock, Study Finds Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bbc news , cattle , china , Climate Change , commonwealth scientific and industrial research organization , diet , global warming , greenhouse gas emissions , international livestock research institute , Latin America , livestock , north america , poultry , Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , ruminants , south asia , sub-saharan africa , un world health organization        

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NEXT Architects’ Elastic Perspective is an Impossible Mobius Strip Staircase Near Rotterdam

February 7, 2014 by  
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USDA Says Global Warming is Hurting Agriculture, Announces “Climate Hubs” to Address the Threat

February 7, 2014 by  
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Lengthy droughts , severe storms , epic floods and fires, and extreme temperatures have all wreaked havoc on the agricultural landscape in the past year, putting some ranchers and farmers out of business and causing price fluctuations in the food market. To help assess risk and deal with these threats, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack just announced a new system of climate hubs, which will open all across the US to gather and analyze the effects of climate change. Read the rest of USDA Says Global Warming is Hurting Agriculture, Announces “Climate Hubs” to Address the Threat Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: addressing climate change in the US , Agriculture Secretary , Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack , climate change hubs , drought and farming , drought in the US , fighting climate change , fighting global warming , fires and farming , fires impact farmers , flooding and farming , flooding impacts farmers , global warming hubs , obama climate change , obama state of the union , pests and farming , results of climate change , US agriculture , us climate change , usda , USDA Climate Change , USDA climate change hubs , USDA Global Warming , USDA global warming hubs , USDA Hubs , USDA Tom Vilsack        

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Scientists Want to Tax Meat to Cut Methane Emissions, Slow Global Warming

December 20, 2013 by  
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A group of scientists aren’t waiting for the world to follow Al Gore’s lead by going vegan to save the planet. Instead, they want to tax meat in order to reduce livestock methane emissions , a potent short-term contributor to climate change. The 3.6 billion ruminants on the earth, mostly sheep, cattle and goats, that have increased in population by 50 percent over the last five decades are responsible for 14.5 percent of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions . The proposed tax is expected to reduce demand for their meat and therefore help to slow global warming. Read the rest of Scientists Want to Tax Meat to Cut Methane Emissions, Slow Global Warming Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cattle , Climate Change , global warming , livestock , Meat , methane emissions , oregon state university , ruminants , scientists , scientists want to tax meat , tax , tax meat to reduce methane emissions , tax meat to slow global warming        

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OtoCycles Combines Vintage Style with Green Transportation

December 20, 2013 by  
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Barcelona’s Otocycles combine classic retro style with the modernity of an electric bicycle . Inspired by 1950s design, each of the Otocycles is made to ensure sustainable, but comfortable mobility in urban environments. Weighing just fifty pounds, these super stylish bikes allow users to accelerate to 30 miles per hour without breaking a sweat. Read the rest of OtoCycles Combines Vintage Style with Green Transportation Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Barcelona ebike , barcelona family that makes electric bicycles , customizable ebikes , eco design , electric bike , green design , green transportation , Otocycle , spanish ebike , sustainable design , vintage electric bikes        

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