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Re: “Beef and dairy can be good for the planet

"And cows aren't really adding more methane to the planet so much as cycling what's already above ground. Methane emissions from enteric fermentation represent the transformation of carbon already in circulation between the earth and the atmosphere; whereas, burning fossil fuels always results in a net increase in carbon." This paragraph shows poor understanding of the subject (nothing personal, this is how scientist talk). As was mentioned earlier in the article (otherwise well thought out and interesting presentation of the material) methane is 20 time (actually 25 times according to latest research) as potent a greenhouse gas as CO2. Thus, despite that it is from the surface carbon pool, the carbon is more potent as CH4 than as CO2. Thus cows actually do add to the problem. But this doesn't mean giving up beef, this means using our gift of thinking to come up with a solution (one might be to somehow capture and... sell (!) this gas.)

Posted by kmcolo on 03/07/2008 at 5:52 PM

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