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Hungry for change?

Speaking of food, enjoy that hamburger while you can. If you don't become a vegetarian, you will likely be arrested and charred with Depraved Indifference to the Fate of the Planet:

When it comes to global warming, hamburgers are the Hummers of food, scientists say.

Simply switching from steak to salad could cut as much carbon as leaving the car at home a couple days a week.

That's because beef is such an incredibly inefficient food to produce and cows release so much harmful methane into the atmosphere, said Nathan Pelletier of Dalhousie University in Canada.

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That's because a single kilogram of beef produces 16 kilograms carbon dioxide equivalent emissions: four times higher than pork and more than ten times as much as a kilogram of poultry, Pelletier said.

If people were to simply switch from beef to chicken, emissions would be cut by 70 percent, Pelletier said.

There is actually a website --  eatlowcarbon.org -- for those earnest souls who want their diets to be climate change-friendly. Eat my low-carbon shorts.


tim zank
Mon, 02/16/2009 - 5:50pm

"Eat my low-carbon shorts."

Now THAT'S funny.