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TEXANSinNJ 26.04.2007 21:11

We were all wrong, cars and polution aren't the problem.
 
Based on studies from the UN (and we all know how perfect they are ;) ) the real problem with greenhouse gases is not the car, not factory polution, not hairspray, but instead too much flatulence.

http://news.independent.co.uk/enviro...cle2062484.ece

Quote:

A United Nations report has identified the world's rapidly growing herds of cattle as the greatest threat to the climate, forests and wildlife. And they are blamed for a host of other environmental crimes, from acid rain to the introduction of alien species, from producing deserts to creating dead zones in the oceans, from poisoning rivers and drinking water to destroying coral reefs.
The 400-page report by the Food and Agricultural Organisation, entitled Livestock's Long Shadow, also surveys the damage done by sheep, chickens, pigs and goats. But in almost every case, the world's 1.5 billion cattle are most to blame. Livestock are responsible for 18 per cent of the greenhouse gases that cause global warming, more than cars, planes and all other forms of transport put together.

If we could only convince India to eat all those cows maybe global warming wouldn't be a problem. Another scenario would be to harness all that potential energy for our vehicles. :msngrin:

PlantHead 26.04.2007 21:19

Re: We were all wrong, cars and polution aren't the problem.
 
Ahh yes.
Cow fart has been quoted before as a major cause of methane in the atmosphere.
The problem is that cows will always fart and burp. We either eat less cows or we get used to the fact that they produce a lot of methane. (suppose we could stop them eating grass and feed them non-flatulence food..not very Bio though)

We need to cut down on our production of methane, because we can. Saying its all the cows fault, sounds a little hollow to me.

Tim 26.04.2007 22:04

Re: We were all wrong, cars and polution aren't the problem.
 
Cue...

"Either you are with us and against the cows, or you are with the cows"

"Those countries that harbour cows will feel the force of our military might"

etc etc etc

AbFab 27.04.2007 08:02

Re: We were all wrong, cars and polution aren't the problem.
 
It's not so much the cows in India, but the cattle required to supply the likes of MacDonalds that's the problem...

magyir 27.04.2007 08:10

Re: We were all wrong, cars and polution aren't the problem.
 
Seems like a reasonable trade off. If you have a vehicle, become vegetarian!
OK Im off to the car yards the veggie diet will allow me to lose the weight I'd otherwise have for less exercise.

Yokine 27.04.2007 09:19

Re: We were all wrong, cars and polution aren't the problem.
 
Careful with them cows!

Turn on your sound..................

Edwina 05.01.2008 05:54

Re: We were all wrong, cars and polution aren't the problem.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Tim (Post 54894)
Cue...

"Either you are with us and against the cows, or you are with the cows"

"Those countries that harbour cows will feel the force of our military might"

etc etc etc

O my gosh this is funny! :D:D:D

LaurenM 05.01.2008 07:24

Re: We were all wrong, cars and polution aren't the problem.
 
I was just thinking.... I bet the darn Republicans got to them! What a dumb report. :msncrazy:

Now that Bush's approval rating is at 27%, he's pulling out the big guns. Wow, what does someone has to do to make 73% of 300 million people hate them? And that's only the US, I'd love to poll the enitre world.

05.01.2008 09:48

Re: We were all wrong, cars and polution aren't the problem.
 
Surely legislation will soon be proposed in Switzerland requiring all cows to be fitted with Catalytic Converters..
:D

Colonelboris 05.01.2008 10:23

Re: We were all wrong, cars and polution aren't the problem.
 
I know there's been some strides to introduce a bacteria into cows so that the methane production is greatly reduced. Regarding Crapdonald's, their cow problem is two-fold. Not only do they breed huge farting herds, but to give them grazing land, a lot of trees get the chop, which of course means that little bit less CO2 absorbed...
And their food is crap.
Both the UK and US governments are happy enough to bring in unpopular legislation on all manner of subjects, so why don't they just ban Mcdonald's?

eejit 05.01.2008 13:22

Re: We were all wrong, cars and polution aren't the problem.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Colonelboris (Post 151398)
... so why don't they just ban Mcdonald's?

Nice idea but people will still want meat in some form. Concentrating on the methane is only going to solve one problem. The conversion of grass/corn/fishmeal/deadcows/whatever into meat is an incredibly inefficient process with many side-effects and waste products.

05.01.2008 15:31

Re: We were all wrong, cars and polution aren't the problem.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by eejit (Post 151428)
The conversion of grass/corn/fishmeal/deadcows/whatever into meat is an incredibly inefficient process with many side-effects and waste products.

It still beats Soylent Green..
;)

gbn 05.01.2008 16:13

Re: We were all wrong, cars and polution aren't the problem.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by LaurenM (Post 151378)
I was just thinking.... I bet the darn Republicans got to them! What a dumb report. :msncrazy:

Now that Bush's approval rating is at 27%, he's pulling out the big guns. Wow, what does someone has to do to make 73% of 300 million people hate them? And that's only the US, I'd love to poll the enitre world.

Off topic, irrelevant and confusing non-yanks with people who give a shit.

73% non-approval is not hatred: even for US partisan politics.

gbn 05.01.2008 16:16

Re: We were all wrong, cars and polution aren't the problem.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by vwild1 (Post 151446)
It still beats Soylent Green..
;)

I dunno. Would eating vegetarians count as eating meat fed on corn etc?


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