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Gingersnap
05-26-2009, 11:15 AM
Burping of the lambs blows roast off menu

Jonathan Leake, Environment Editor

GIVE up lamb roasts and save the planet. Government advisers are developing menus to combat climate change by cutting out “high carbon” food such as meat from sheep, whose burping poses a serious threat to the environment.

Out will go kebabs, greenhouse tomatoes and alcohol. Instead, diners will be encouraged to consume more potatoes and seasonal vegetables, as well as pork and chicken, which generate fewer carbon emissions.

“Changing our lifestyles, including our diets, is going to be one of the crucial elements in cutting carbon emissions,” said David Kennedy, chief executive of the Committee on Climate Change.

Kennedy has stopped eating his favourite doner kebabs because they contain lamb.

A government-sponsored study into greenhouse gases found that producing 2.2lb of lamb released the equivalent of 37lb of carbon dioxide.

The problem is because sheep burp so much methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Cows are only slightly better behaved. The production of 2.2lb of beef releases methane equivalent to 35lb of CO2 Tomatoes, most of which are grown in heated glasshouses, are the most “carbon-intensive” vegetable, each 2.2lb generating more than 20lb of CO2 Potatoes, in contrast, release only about 1lb of CO2 for each 2.2lb of food. The figures are similar for most other native fruit and vegetables.

“We are not saying that everyone should become vegetarian or give up drinking but moving towards less carbon intensive foods will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve health,” said Kennedy.

How long before they slap a huge carbon tax on meat? Good luck with that obesity crisis thingy when you force the population to live off of potatoes and grain.

Time (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article6350237.ece)

noonwitch
05-26-2009, 01:15 PM
The british need to start changing their diets by eliminating disgusting foods like steak and kidney pie or blood pudding.


So, sheep burps and cow farts are going to doom us all?!

AmPat
05-26-2009, 01:22 PM
The british need to start changing their diets by eliminating disgusting foods like steak and kidney pie or blood pudding.


So, sheep burps and cow farts are going to doom us all?!

Not before kidney pie or blood pudding, blech.:p

Mitchell
05-26-2009, 05:23 PM
Another proof that liberals want to control every facet of your life. Global warming is NOT sound science but is a political tool used to gain control of the masses.

Rockntractor
05-26-2009, 05:38 PM
They will take my lambchops when they pry them from my cold dead greasy hands.