Earth Day 2018: First day for a new diet?

Earth Day 2018: First day for a new diet?

Earth Day 2018, at least according to one article, is a good time to “switch to a Plant-Based Diet,” considering that “livestock and their byproducts account for at least 51 percent of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions”. Indeed, the top priority among environmental issues on Earth Day is climate change – and that’s because a ..

On World Food Day, Where’s The Food (WTF)?

On World Food Day, Where’s The Food (WTF)?

  Heading into World Food Day this Sunday, a new international agreement was signed to combat climate change by reducing emissions of hydrofluorocarbons, used in refrigerators and air conditioners. However, even when combined with the major voluntary agreement signed in Paris in December 2015, the new agreement was projected to be insufficient to avert runaway climate change. Climate change may no longer be ..

How to reverse climate change through backyard cookouts on Memorial Day

How to reverse climate change through backyard cookouts on Memorial Day

For many Americans, backyard cookouts featuring burgers, sausages, and ribs are a hallmark of Memorial Day.  Yet these cookouts can help to accelerate climate change, which threatens to become irreversible by 2020, with a rise in sea levels that could imperil cities including New York, Los Angeles, and Miami. Livestock that are made into animal products are responsible for as much as 51% ..

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 ..

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 ..

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 ..