Date:29 May 2007 I Comments: 1 I Views:9,039

Don’t get confused but even though cars produce dramatically LESS CO2 than livestock farming, we still need to reduce the amount we use our cars/trucks/planes.

Burning fossil fuels produces a number of toxic chemicals that there is no doubt our atmosphere and the air we breathe would be better off without. (Environment Agency – Air Quality and Emissions)

But according to the national statistics website CO2 emissions have actually dropped steadily in the last decade which suggests we are contributing less to global warming.

So what I find surprising is the fact that we are being encouraged to use less fossil fuels and CO2 producing forms of transport and in many cases we are being charged more for the privilege but we are not being told to eat less meat?

This is not a joke.

Extract from

“According to a new report published by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the livestock sector generates more greenhouse gas emissions as measured in CO2 equivalent – 18 percent – than transport. It is also a major source of land and water degradation.”

There are many ways to interpret and display statistics and other reports claim that cars/transport produces 1/30th of the CO2 that livestock farming does.

And how are these vast amounts of CO2 actually being produced?

By animals farting.

“Livestock now use 30 percent of the earth’s entire land surface, mostly permanent pasture but also including 33 percent of the global arable land used to producing feed for livestock, the report notes. As forests are cleared to create new pastures, it is a major driver of deforestation, especially in Latin America where, for example, some 70 percent of former forests in the Amazon have been turned over to grazing. ”

If a vegetarian drives a 4×4 could they still be ‘carbon neutral’??

Did you know: Human beings are not carnivores. Are bodies have not yet evolved enough to process meat properly. That is why some meat can remain undigested and cause intestinal cancer.


  1. Just seen a news story about this very thing! A representative from one of the Vegan/Vegetarian societies (I forget which..) and a Farmers Union representative had the opportunity to put their points across on channel 4 news.

    The nervous vegan tried to turn it into a campaign against meat and say as much as he possibly could in one long drawn out breath in order to get as much of his point across as possible in the short time he had in which to do so.

    Naturally he was going to say ‘Stop eating meat to save the planet’ but that is just not realistic. Millions of people depend on livestock farming. (But could they all start growing posh broccoli florets and make more per KG than the meat they sell?? – There’s a thought! Grow trendy veg!)

    The FU representative made some very good points and confirmed they and the Environment Agency are working on ways to tackle the problem and reverse the environmental impact of livestock farming.

    There’s no reason why livestock farming can’t be used to combat climate change. There’s talk of generating bio-gas as a side product, altering the animals diets so they fart less and surely if they eat good nutrient rich foods their manure can be used to make good compost?

    It is mad to think that 30% of the earth is used for livestock farming though…

    ..and it’s not right that 70% of the rain forest has vanished…

    (‘gifts’ were sent to some of the tribes contaminated with western diseases which wiped them out, on purpose….. just so the land could be taken… Has anyone ever been held accountable for that?)