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Global Warming: Food For Thought?


From Stephen Shapin’s piece in The New Yorker of January 27 entitled Vegetable Love: The History Of Vegetarianism.

“A recent report by the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization reckons that at least eighteen per cent of the global-warming effect comes from livestock, more than is caused by all the world’s transportation systems.” (Emphasis added.)

Something to consider as we stress out over our choice of car, or whether we should give up flying. In addition, writes Shapin,

“It has been estimated that forty per cent of global grain output is used to feed animals rather than people, and that half of this grain would be sufficient to eliminated world hunger if – and it’s not a small if – the political will could be found to insure equitable distribution.”

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