Friday, July 20, 2007

The Meat of the Matter: Carbon al Carne

From the “Too Much Time on Their Hands” Dept. comes a report this morning that eating meat is harmful to the environment. The PETA people are going to love this one…

Between earthquakes, the techies at Japan’s National Institute of Livestock and Grassland Science determined that producing a little over 2-pounds of beef is equivalent to driving your car around, non-stop, for three hours.

So, four average-sized steaks generated greenhouse gases with a warming potential equivalent to 80.25lb of carbon dioxide. I’m sure the Kobe Beef people are thrilled hear about this one.

I’m telling you the world is going kukoo over this carbon footprint nonsense. Mark my words, if this keeps up, we’ll be paying for goods and services in carbon credits instead of Dollars or Euros…and you’ll be faced with the PC-choice of eating meat or running an electric light. Hmmm...does that mean if you have a steak in the dark it would be cheaper?

By the way, the Grassland eggheads figure the energy it takes to produce those steaks would power a 100 watt light bulb for 20 days, mostly in terms of the methane produced by the unfortunate animal that donated the steaks.

Talk about committed to science.
That cow was.

You know, if the Good Lord had meant for man to not eat meat, he’d have made animals out of something else.

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