2015: A good year for ‘Chomping Climate Change'; 2016 should be even better!

2015: A good year for ‘Chomping Climate Change'; 2016 should be even better!

For 2016, Chomping Climate Change wishes everyone the best New Year ever (why not aim high)! We appreciate the tons of attention that people have focused on our work in 2015, and we promise to work even harder in 2016 on our mission of inspiring people to learn about and act on the case for addressing climate ..

How Researchers Cooked Data to Hate on Plants

How Researchers Cooked Data to Hate on Plants

Walking by fruits, vegetables, or other plant material growing in sunshine, the fragrance is often exhilarating.  That’s in part because plant material in sunshine creates oxygen, at the same time as it absorbs greenhouse gas from our atmosphere.  But walking by livestock, the opposite happens in both daylight and nighttime, as untreated manure emits unpleasant odors along with huge volumes of greenhouse gases.   ..

“FourFiveYears” (or “How a Hit Song Can Help Inspire People to Reverse Climate Change”)

“FourFiveYears” (or “How a Hit Song Can Help Inspire People to Reverse Climate Change”)

In the news, James Hansen, dubbed the “father” of climate change awareness, has denounced the new Paris climate change agreement as a “fraud”.  But it’s not exactly news for him to denounce a major climate change agreement.  Mr. Hansen pronounced the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, the preceding international climate agreement, to be “ineffectual”, and predicted no pathway ..

Has climate change caused “Peak Livestock”?

Has climate change caused “Peak Livestock”?

The world needs to prepare for the raising of 70% more livestock by 2050, according to FAO livestock specialists.  That projection presumes that it’s possible for the livestock sector to continue expanding.  But the authors of that projection were livestock specialists, not environmental specialists, and the FAO is just one of nineteen UN specialized agencies. In contrast, Bill ..

FAO Yields to Livestock Industry Pressure

FAO Yields to Livestock Industry Pressure

A New York Times article by Robert Goodland, co-founder of Chomping Climate Change, explaining climate risk and opportunity in food and agriculture a few years ago seems just as relevant today, so following is an excerpt, and the full original article is at http://nyti.ms/1NouRzx. The past year has been the warmest ever in the United States, with record heat ..

New Clean Power Plan begs the question:  What about a Clean Food Plan?

New Clean Power Plan begs the question: What about a Clean Food Plan?

A new “Clean Power Plan” has been announced by President Obama, asking U.S. state governments to create tailored plans to meet the goal of reducing U.S. carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by the year 2030.  But the plan does not provide what projections indicate is needed. The International Energy Agency projects that climate outcomes may no longer be ..

Take a Bite Out of Climate Change With the “No More Bull” Crowdfunding Campaign

Take a Bite Out of Climate Change With the “No More Bull” Crowdfunding Campaign

Contact: Hope Katz Gibbs, founder Inkandescent Public Relations, email: hope@inkandescentpr.com cell: 703-346–6975 Signed copies of the “Meat Free Monday Cookbook” by Paul, Mary, and Stella McCartney will go to the two people who donate the most money to the “No More Bull” crowdfunding campaign Washington, DC, April 20, 2015 — In celebration of Earth Day 2015, ..

Environmental and livestock specialists face off; who wins?

Environmental and livestock specialists face off; who wins?

Livestock specialists have estimated that livestock account for 14.5% of human-caused greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  In contrast, environmental specialists have estimated that livestock account for at least 51% of human-caused GHG emissions. That difference in the numbers – i.e., between 14.5% and 51% – is much bigger than is normally seen in GHG accounting.  Yet both numbers have been ..

Down with Less Meat, up with Happy Better Vegan Foods!

Down with Less Meat, up with Happy Better Vegan Foods!

Government meetings might not normally be interesting – but in a meeting last week where public comments were made on recommendations for U.S. dietary guidelines, some fascinating comments can be seen in both a video and a transcript. A man representing McCormick Spices played to the crowd, saying “let’s spice up the guidelines!”  He proposed that consumers ..

Activists promote flawed reasoning on food and sustainability

Activists promote flawed reasoning on food and sustainability

Environmental activists were said to incorporate flawed reasoning in their efforts today to promote an “expert” panel’s report that may be reflected in forthcoming new U.S. dietary guidelines.  The panel’s work has focused for the first time on food and environmental sustainability. Today’s efforts were connected to the U.S. Meatless Mondays campaign and involved a presentation by activists to ..