… what the world would look like without animal agriculture in the U.S. The bottom line? We’d reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. by 2.6 percent, and 0.36 percent globally — but we’d also upset our balanced food ecosystem and lack essential dietary nutrients to feed all Americans…
Before swallowing claims about meat causing global warming, common sense needed
Norfolk Daily News (NE)
Apr 30, 2021
The belief that meat production — especially raising cattle — causes global warming has been around since climate change stories began to land on the front page in the 1980s. At first, many people laughed it off as cattle and other animals have been on the planet for centuries, and it seemed unfathomable that all of a sudden people would believe that they could be causing so much methane and carbon dioxide that it threatened the planet’s existence.
That’s no longer the case. Since President Biden took office, it seems to be a repeating theme. And more Americans are repeating the claim.
Last week, in the advice column, Dear Annie, a reader wrote, “With an eye toward Earth Day, I wanted to encourage your readers to try going meatless (and preferably vegan) at least one day a week. Animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gases than all transportation combined. Annie responded in part. “Thanks for the letter. I’d encourage anyone to give plant-based a try, at least part of the time. It’s easier than you’d think.”
“GMA3,” which is shown on ABC-TV, presents news on healthy eating and lifestyles. Last week, it also was encouraging people to go meatless to save the planet.
Wow. That’s a lot of hot air circulating. But it is just a sample. Perhaps a review of some facts are needed.
Two years ago, researchers at USDA’s Agricultural Research Service and Virginia Tech studied what the world would look like without animal agriculture in the U.S. The bottom line? We’d reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. by 2.6 percent, and 0.36 percent globally — but we’d also upset our balanced food ecosystem and lack essential dietary nutrients to feed all Americans.
That’s because cattle graze on land that is unsuitable for anything else…