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By Lenore Skomal Erie Times-News staff blogger
Lenore Skomal is an award-winning author and veteran journalist in all forms of media. She is a weekly columnist and daily blogger for the Erie Times-News. She’s authored 17 published books, including an anthology of her columns, Burnt Toast available on her website   Read more about this blog.
Posted: April 27th, 2012
Scared or just tired of the crazy climate changes? Eat less meat

It’s true. Sounds simplistic? Not really, when you consider the study released by Woods Hole Institute and published in Environmental Research Letters last month.

In laymen’s terms, the study links global warming in large part to the massive use of fertilizers and the subsequent production of manure from animal production.

According to the report summarized in the Guardian, “nitrous oxide, released by fertilizers and animal manure, is the most potent of the greenhouse gases that cause climate change. The UN’s climate body has called for deep cuts to those emissions.”

The study warns that if production (and consumption) don’t decrease by half, then by 2050, climate changes will be drastic. The study falls short of encouraging populations to go entirely vegan, underscoring that reduction in meat consumption–primarily, pork and beef produced by Big Ag–would make significant inroads in impacting climate changes.


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