Good News for the meat and potato people (like me) we can eat steak again. Co are ecstatic also, as they no longer have to walk around with a tank on their backs to collect their farts. According to air quality expert Dr Frank Mitloehner, the IPCC report linking livestock to global warming is very exaggerated.
The link between global warming and cattle farming propagated by the UN’s report on “Livestock’s Long Shadow” was largely inaccurate, explains Mitloehner.
In a presentation before the 239th national meeting of the American Chemical Society, Dr. Frank Mitloehner of the University of California said the misleading claims emanate from a 2006 U.N. report, which said that livestock was “responsible for 18 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions,” describing the figure as “a larger share than transportation.”
According to Mitloehner, the claim is inaccurate because the numbers for livestock were calculated differently from the transport figures.
In the report, the livestock emissions included gases produced by growing animal feed; animals’ digestive emissions; and processing meat and milk into foods. But the transportation analysis factored in only emissions from fossil fuels burned while driving, and not all other transport-lifecycle related factors.
“This lopsided analysis is a classical apples-and-oranges analogy that truly confused the issue,” he said.
He argued that these claims also distract society from embracing effective solutions to global climate change. He noted that the notion is becoming deeply rooted in efforts to curb global warming, citing campaigns for “meatless Mondays” and a European campaign, called “Less Meat = Less Heat,” launched late last year.
“We certainly can reduce our greenhouse gas production, but not by consuming less meat and milk,’ he told the American Chemical Society meeting in San Francisco yesterday, reported The Daily Mail.
We certainly can reduce our greenhouse gas production, but not by consuming less meat and milk,’ he told the American Chemical Society meeting in San Francisco yesterday. ‘Producing less meat and milk will only mean more hunger in poor countries,’ he added.
Mitloehner says there is no doubt that livestock are major producers of methane – a potent greenhouse gas. My brother is also a major producer of methane and his “production” is indeed quite potent. But I am happy to report that neither my brother, nor my favorite producers of T-Bones have any detrimental effects on the environment, another indication that the global warming hoax is nothing more than a lot of smelly hot air.