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Written by , on August 16, 2011

The conventional wisdom is that it takes as much as 10 units of grain to produce one unit of meat with the equivalent nutritional value. George Monbiot has recently pointed out that we should be comparing the amount of land and water required to grow meat with the land and required to grow plant products […]  Read more »

Study: Livestock Could Account for Half Greenhouse Gas

Written by , on October 22, 2009

It is generally argued that livestock are the cause of about 18% of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. The figure comes from a 2006 United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation report titled “Livestock’s Long Shadow”. A new study by Robert Goodland and Jeff Anhang, published in Worldwatch magazine, argues that this greatly understimates the impact of […]  Read more »

Fish Oil for Cows Reduces Emissions

Written by , on April 10, 2009

Researchers at University College in Dublin have found that supplementing the diet of cows with omega-3 fatty acid in the form of fish oil helps their heart and circulatory system, resulting in improved meat quality and a reduction in the amount of methane belched by the cows. This lowering of emissions is important for the […]  Read more »