Frankenstorm Sandy is one more dramatic demonstration that climate change and its extreme weather patterns are now part of our future. Although we’re unlikely to reverse climate change, we can still mitigate its effects by reducing our driving, our energy use, and our meat consumption.

Yes, meat consumption. A 2006 U.N. report estimated that meat consumption accounts for 18 percent of manmade greenhouse gases. A 2009 article in World Watch magazine suggested that it may be closer to 50 percent.

Carbon dioxide, the principal greenhouse gas, is emitted by burning forests to create animal pastures and by combustion of fossil fuels to confine, feed, transport, and slaughter animals and to refrigerate their carcasses. The much more damaging methane and nitrous oxide are discharged from digestive tracts of cattle and from animal waste cesspools, respectively.

We have the power of reducing the devastating effects of climate change every time we eat. Our local supermarkets offer a rich variety of soy-based lunch “meats,” hot dogs, veggie burgers, soy- and nut-based dairy products (including cheese and ice cream), and an ample selection of traditional vegetables, fruits, grains and nuts.

Braden Pellmett

Bloomington

(19) comments

ChubbyAlaskaGriz
ChubbyAlaskaGriz

I agree w/ only one tiny part of this letter. The phrase "nut-based".

crunch-o-matic
crunch-o-matic

meh...its true the amount of meat protein americans consume is far beyond healthy or required....im just not giving it up. i do control my portion size....and i also eat vegetarian when the mood suits me but try to take my meat, booze and coffee away from me and theres gonna be problems

Euler 314
Euler 314

No reason to give it up.

However, mindful eating is not a bad thing. Once we got away from recognizing where our life comes from and what it takes to maintain that life with gratitude, we stopped caring what we threw into our bodies.

My family has never seen the need to follow the Western diet, with great reason. All we have to do is look around our community and read the newspapers to see what is happening to us as a species, not just to Americans, but all around the world where people have bought into the expensive, fast-food slide into a painful death.

crunch-o-matic
crunch-o-matic

gah! i wasnt even thinking about fast food...i try to make everything at home as much as possible...even my own spaghetti sauce....bread is too much effort and doesnt keep long....but like a chicken...i can get 10 meals out of 1 $5 chicken (roast, boil the meat off the carcass, boil the bones for stock)....most problems from people over eating meat is that they have this wild notion that they cant cook. they outsource that part and are given this implied value of larger hunks of fatty, salted meat are more worth your money, even though its crap meat crappily prepared. (was true when we were roaming the hill sides for game and fruit but there were not many McDs 20,000 years ago)

2tired
2tired

Humans are designed to eat meat; yes we might eat too much of it. If I were to eat all vegetables I would have flat teeth and 5 stomachs.

Euler 314
Euler 314

Humans are omnivores. That means they are capable of eating meat and vegetables.

I would recommend you read "The Comparative Anatomy of Eating", by Milton R. Mills, M.D. It gives a good basic breakdown of the differences between carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.

If you were to eat "all vegetables" (do you mean "only" vegetables??), you would more likely have nutrient deficiencies, fatigue, dizziness, weakness and weight loss. You already have flat teeth -- take a look in the mirror at your molars! And you would NOT have "5 stomachs". You were born with one stomach, and will NEVER grow any more no matter what you eat or don't eat.

catlbyer16
catlbyer16

Hey speaking of food, has anyone heard from earlyriser54? I got his breakfast for him.

earlyriser54
earlyriser54

If my name were Braden I would probably dine on tofu as well. Did you think of that term "Frankenstorm" all by yourself or is it in Al Gores latest global warming pamphlet? Freak storms are not unusual as they have been occurring since the begining of time. I give the example of the Grand Canyon Braden. Now you certainly can not blame humans comsuming steak and pork chops on that phenononon any more than you can attribute Hurricane Katrina or Sandy on global warming ie climate change. Stick to your bean sprout diet young man and leave we normal people alone.

Euler 314
Euler 314

How on earth does a "freak storm" equate with the Grand Canyon?

"A wise man propotions his belief to the evidence". David Hume

earlyriser54
earlyriser54

The Grand Canyon was a result of a freak storm.

crunch-o-matic
crunch-o-matic

grand canyon? apropo of nothing.....thats my early!

Jose
Jose

Following jeffyriser's "logic", then, why are we not seeing an east coast "Grand Canyon"??

crunch-o-matic
crunch-o-matic

a geologist, you are not early

Euler 314
Euler 314

Oh, I wondered what your trouble was, early.

I thought it might be simply that you are confused, but now I see a rigid, dogmatic belief in pseudoscience flung around by the YEC contigent has addled what's left of your mind.

Your bizarre ideas not only confuse metaphysical claims with empirical claims, but also maintain views that contradict known scientific laws, and use ad hoc hypotheses to explain your belief.

Bet you still believe that diseases are caused by evil spirits, hmmmm?

earlyriser54
earlyriser54

I consider liberalism a disease that rots the brain and infects the minions. Does that help you out alittle bit Mouse?

earlyriser54
earlyriser54

If you have anything you either stole it or it was given to you. We know you sure haven't earned anything

climber32
climber32

And about how much carbon is emitted when working ground, planting, harvesting, then transporting your soy beans to a processing plant to be turned into what ever it is you desire to eat. You have no grounds for argument. Im guessing your next article will be about how farmers should give up their equipment for the old horse and plow?

outoftowner
outoftowner

I don't doubt the sincerity of the letter writer. I don't know him from Adam.

But it should be noted that this letter, nearly word for word appeared in a Milwaukee paper last week. It looks like the veggie crowd is taking advantage of the storm to conduct an astroturf campaign.

SodaBob
SodaBob

storms like this happen all the time, 'climate change' did not suddenly invent them

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