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Jason Mundstuk
01:18 PM on 10/07/2009
Another burning issue to occupy the busy, busy mind. Also, just fyi, vegetarian and vegan are not synonymous.
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Old black water, keep on rollin'
01:13 PM on 10/07/2009
this is funny..

vegetarians are as flatulent as cows!
12:55 PM on 10/07/2009
They become steak on somebody plate. (Hopefully mine)
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ottabox
What would coyote do?
12:41 PM on 10/07/2009
The authors kinda mixes two "environmentalist" concerns into her essay: animal welfare and more broadly environmentalism. Why not just finish off the cows and send them to the plate? Be done with it.

Overall, the prospect of "everyone turning vegetarian" is silly. But imagine if 50% of the American population went vegetarian or reduced their current meat consumption by 50%.
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Old black water, keep on rollin'
12:27 PM on 10/07/2009
seems like cow barns everywhere should be exploding..

since methane is explosive!
12:21 PM on 10/07/2009
"methane gas they are emitting"
The methane gas is part of a natural cycle.
Its rises in the atmosphere and ultraviolet light breaks it down into atoms.
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12:04 PM on 10/07/2009
The world will never turn vegetarian. Cows are too delicious.
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Tom95134
11:25 AM on 10/07/2009
They just keep giving milk. Of course someone will probably come up with a way to capture all that methane gas they are emitting.
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BebeLush
The Tao of Pooh
11:19 AM on 10/07/2009
They can be spayed and neutered like dogs and cats. Not a problem.
10:36 AM on 10/07/2009
what happens to cows in a vegetarian world?
They live happily ever after.
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poomplet
"Happy....Happy..."
12:47 PM on 10/07/2009
No...they become extinct.

If they are not commodities, then there is no reason for their existence. They can't be 'freed'...they're not suited to life in the wild.

Same goes for every DOMESTICATED farm animal...save, I guess, the wild equivalents of some that already exist (boars, wild turkeys, bison/water buffalo, game hens, rams).

So you see, the vegans are hoping to wipe entire species off the face of the planet...nice!
01:54 PM on 10/07/2009
Much better to breed them so they can be tor_tured and ki_lled!
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amaycatbaker
10:18 AM on 10/07/2009
http://www.cphpost.dk/news/scitech/92-technology/47051-polar-scholars-steaming-over-library-split-up.html

The largest library on the arctic was disbursed. So now you have to hunt for the data. Scientists were not happy about this.

And we are having a conference in Denmark about climate change soon. Funny how that works.
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amaycatbaker
10:22 AM on 10/07/2009
"The Polar Library is one of the world’s largest libraries focusing on the Arctic and Greenland, and those who make use it worry that its contents will be spread to the wind." From the article above.
10:03 AM on 10/07/2009
"A ridiculous question, you might say, yet it's one I get asked all the time." -- True. Pro-meat folks love to show off their ignorance by asking what will happen to all the cows, as if factory farms are just artificially breeding them for fun. Shows how little they know about their own food.
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lbsaltzman
Permaculture and Sustainability
09:27 AM on 10/07/2009
I am a vegetarian but I think this article engages in some pretty mushy thinking. First of all the concept that cows are contributing to global warming needs some rethinking. Prior to agriculture, this planet was full of grazing animals in huge numbers. To my knowledge the greenhouse gases produced by cows hasn't been demonstrated to be greater than what was produced by wild animals in the past. Cows are simply recycling carbon that is already in the system. Having said that, the problem with cattle is not the cattle, but the insane industrial farming methods that are being usedd to raise them. Intelligent systems for incorporating domestic animals into the landscape exist, and they can be part of the solution not the problem.

A properly run dairy cattle or meat cattle operation can exist on land that is actually sequestering carbon in the soil. Sustainable methods exist in organic farming, permaculture, and keyline plowing that decrease not increase the total amount of carbon in the atmosphere.

The problem remains fossil fuels which are adding sequestered carbon into the atmosphere, and the clearcutting of rain forests which doesn't have to be happening but for human greed and stupidity.
10:03 AM on 10/07/2009
Actually, if I remember correctly, cows are producing more greenhouse gasses because of the diet we feed them. You see, cows would naturally be grazing on...well grass. Instead, many cows are fed on corn and other feeds that is not part of their natural diet, and as such, causes them to produce excess methane during digestion.
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amaycatbaker
10:20 AM on 10/07/2009
I remember reading that some get potato chips to add more fat.
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lbsaltzman
Permaculture and Sustainability
06:28 PM on 10/07/2009
I think you are right. Grain diets are terrible for cattle. They are grass eaters not grain eaters. No doubt it causes more flatulence.
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ottabox
What would coyote do?
12:34 PM on 10/07/2009
This article directly outlines the issues with meat production and global climate change.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/27/weekinreview/27bittman.html
09:23 AM on 10/07/2009
Make cheese!!!
10:48 PM on 10/06/2009
A vegetarian world is peace on earth.