03 November 2009

Meat ≠ global warming ... IF it's local & pasture fed

NYTimes: "The Carnivore’s Dilemma" - the take home message:
Foods that are minimally processed, in season and locally grown, like those available at farmers’ markets and backyard gardens, are generally the most climate-friendly.
The author, Nicolette Hahn Niman, is "a lawyer and livestock rancher" and "author of 'Righteous Porkchop: Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farms.'" That would be a great way to use my JD one day ... maybe ...

Obvious tribute to Michael Pollen's Omnivore's dilemma and like the "grass farmer" he discussed there.

The point is consistently removing the gas from the food system: gas to transport fertilizer and food to the cows, gas to get the farmers to the farm because they don't live there, gas to deal with the shit lagoons they create, gas to package the meat, gas to get the meat to the store, gas to get the meat to your house, gas to deal with the wasted left overs (~50% of all food is wasted according to the article).

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