The Carbon Footprint Sleight of Hand

So much emphasis has been put on the idea of a ‘Carbon Footprint’ that it has almost become somewhat of a misdirection. Although Carbon of course is a big contributor to Global Warming we generally don’t hear about the more dangerous cousins of methane and nitrous oxide.

Our perception of the global warming problem has in fact become slightly warped by political agenda.

In the Western world we rely on fossil fuels from countries that many people consider insecure and/or instable. There is a big drive to move away from such dependence. And what better way than to emphasize the damage fossil fuels are doing to our environment!

Increasing CO2 levels are mainly the product of fossil fuels and finding alternative sources of energy will only benefit our planet. However, perhaps our priorities are misdirected!

Both Methane and Nitrous Oxide are far more damaging to the environment and yet both are produced from an entirely different source. The source I’m talking about is meat and dairy farming.

With the demand for meat expected to double by the year 2050 we could be in for a very rough ride. One cow can produce up to 500 litres of methane a day and with over a billion cattle on the planet and methane up to 20 times more damaging than CO2, it doesn’t take much imagination to see where our real problems are!

Nitrous oxide is an even bigger contributor to global warming and the majority of that we generate from farming animals.

What is the answer? A green diet. A global drive to eat less meat is not only good for our health but also great for the planet.

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