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Vegetarians Are Killing Mother Earth

April 10, 2010

That’s right; we red meat eaters aren’t the problem. And poor cows have been getting a bum rap. Via Don Surber:

From the London Telegraph: “In the past environmentalists, from Lord Stern to Sir Paul McCartney, have urged people to stop eating meat because the methane produced by cattle causes global warming. However a new study found that cattle grazed on the grasslands of China actually reduce another greenhouse gas, nitrous oxide.”

Al Gore needs to personally apologize to all cows, for blaming them and for making them feel ashamed of their gassiness. Turns out, their flatulence is not a problem (unless you drive by a herd of cows with your windows down. Phew!) because it is counteracted by their awesome grazing abilities.

From the London Telegraph: “Klaus Butterbach-Bahl, of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, carried out the study in Inner Mongolia in China. He found that grassland produced more nitrous oxide during the spring thaw when sheep or cattle have not been grazing. This is because the greenhouse gas, also known as laughing gas, is released by microbes in the soil. When the grass is long snow settles keeping the microbes warm and providing water, however when the grass is cut short by animals the ground freezes and the microbes die.”

Al Gore wouldn’t understand that; he only knows about grazing the Krispy Kreme counter. You know, because he’s all “husky” now and stuff. Understandable. He needs to drown his sorrows over being an irrelevant, bitter hack somehow.

Viva la rouge meat! (I’m only half fancy foreign talk)

Now, when will they start punitively taxing vegetarians and demonizing fast food bean sprout restaurants? I’d hold my breath, but then I’d reduce my carbon footprint and it seems I have some catching up to do. I can’t let a vegetarian beat me!

(Posted at RedState; cross-posted at iowntheworld.com)

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Timothy permalink
    April 10, 2010 11:26 pm

    The assumption underlying the post’s main claim is that the cows our meat comes from are largely grass-fed, which is far from truth. Most of the cows you eat have been mostly _corn-fed_.

    “While most cattle still begin their lives grazing on grass, the vast majority—an estimated three-quarters of them, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture—are “finished,” or fattened for market, in feedlots. There, they spend three to six months eating a diet composed of 70 to 90 percent corn.”

    (http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/kingcorn/cows.html)

    The argument your post’s title makes (hyperbolic and juvenile in its attempt to grab attention through reductionism) may actually hold some element of truth, but a much different set of evidence is needed. See the work of Lierre Kieth, who just published “The Vegetarian Myth.”

    http://www.amazon.com/Vegetarian-Myth-Food-Justice-Sustainability/dp/1604860804

  2. David permalink
    April 11, 2010 11:37 am

    I have been a vegetarian since 1973. I became a vegetarian after many years of thinking about the fear and killing that goes on with the breeding and slaughter of animals. I went to school in Oklahoma for a short while in the late 1960’s where I went on a “rustling raid” with some local students to kill and butcher a sleeping cow out in a pasture on the outskirts of town. After watching a guy hit the cow in the head with a hammer, watching the cow fall most of the rustlers cheered and started to butcher the fallen animal right there in the field. I threw up and drove back to my apartment and thought long and hard about killing and eating animals. I felt that if I couldn’t do the deed myself, it was wrong to hire someone to do it for me. I feel that when push comes to shove, and I were hungry with no other way to get protein, I would eat meat, but I have to choose.

  3. April 12, 2010 6:02 pm

    I think I`ll have a double cheese burger with fries after reading this one. Luv Ya,

  4. Amy Lee permalink
    April 23, 2010 12:20 am

    Want to say. I’ve been reading through your website and LOVE it!!! lol great post, I’ll have to remember that next time I get the global warming guilt trip from tree huggers! thanks for your enlightened and hysterical posts!

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  6. Vishal permalink
    July 2, 2010 7:55 am

    Funny how you left out this part:
    ‘did not take into account the methane produced by the livestock or the carbon dioxide produced if soil erodes. He also pointed out that much of the red meat eaten in the western world if from intensively farmed animals in southern countries’

    It’s not just their flatulence that was the cause of the problems it’s also the meat production process that makes it a higher threat to the enviroment than car, boats and planes put together.so don’t worry your way ahead of vegetarians in terms of your carbon foot print.

    Also african governments make farmers produce meat to sell to western countries to line their own corrupt greedy pockets instead of us ing the same area of land to produce non meat produce which would be more than enough food to feed their own starving people.

    if long grass is the problem then get some friggin lawn mowers.

  7. LaidbackPoet permalink
    July 2, 2010 8:00 am

    If cows are prevnting greenhouse gasses by grazing then your preventing them from doing that by killing them for your dinner

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