The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) published a report today claiming that the world should expect a 70 percent increase in livestock production by 2050. The report says that if all the efficiencies it claims can be made would actually succeed, then greenhouse gas emissions from livestock might drop by as much as 30 percent –- but since ..
(Excerpted/adapted from a speech by Robert Goodland on September 7, 2013 at The McDougall Conference in Santa Rosa, California; see full speech at http://www.chompingclimatechange.org/uploads/8/0/6/9/8069267/happiermeals.pdf) There’s an accidental environmental aspect to the location of this conference; that is, it’s being held near Silicon Valley, which is largely responsible for revolutionizing the world by replacing brick and mortar with digital and virtual processes. That can ..
by Robert Goodland President Obama’s re-election competed for attention with Superstorm Sandy, which cost at least 200 human lives and US$70 billion. If storms increase in number and strength with climate change, then much higher costs may result – yet the topic of climate change was glaringly absent in recent political campaigning. Perhaps that’s because candidates couldn’t think how climate change might be addressed alongside the ..
Superstorm Sandy: What if storms like this can be prevented (by changing what we eat)? By guest blogger Chiara Cabiglio, also posted at http://everyonesharvest.wordpress.com/2012/11/01/superstorm-sandy-what-if-storms-like-this-can-be-prevented/ Superstorm Sandy has caused at least 157 human deaths as of midday November 1st. Its impacts include flooding oflower Manhattan and large swaths of New York City’s subway system. News reports had previously predicted that ..
“Polar Bears ‘R Us, Unless We Change” by guest blogger Chiara V. Cabiglio of Everyone’s Harvest We need to make bigger and faster changes than most of us think. In the summer of 2007, scientists focusing on Greenland were surprised to find almost 40 percent of its ice sheet melting, while scientists focusing on polar bears predicted ..
How CIR’s report on the environmental impact of meat consumption went wrong by Robert Goodland When the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) recently published a report on the hidden costs of meat, with a video and a transcript of its voice-over, readers and viewers had reason to believe that they could find in it some reliable information. ..
by Robert Goodland This posting was first published on the website of the Meat Free Monday campaign established by Paul, Stella, and Mary McCartney, at http://www.meatfreemondays.com/news/faos-new-partnership-needs-improvement-to-compete-with-meat-free-monday.cfm The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), a specialised agency of the United Nations, announced earlier this month that it will lead a new partnership to include the International Meat ..
by Robert Goodland The past year has been the warmest ever in the United States, with record heat sweeping across the country last week, causing at least 52 human deaths and also harming livestock. In fact, livestock are not only harmed by human-caused global-warming greenhouse gas, but also cause about 18% of it, according to ..
The common view of climate change is 20 years old, requiring fossil fuels to be replaced quickly with renewable energy infrastructure. That hasn’t happened –- and it’s now estimated to cost $18 trillion and take at least 20 more years to build. Yet we can see our climate worsening quickly. What may be the best business case for reversing climate change is set ..
An advisor to the UN World Health Organization is recommending that people eat meat only one day per week, in order to address climate change and public health issues. Dr. Tim Lang, a professor at the City University of London and advisor to the UN World Health Organization, issued this recommendation shortly after governments failed to agree on a new climate treaty that ..