The article mentioned in part one, suggests you not eat meat in an attempt to reduce the greenhouse gas (methane) caused by cows. I propose that human emissions of methane could eclipse that of the cows raised for meat if we follow that advice and limit our intake to non-meat food.
I agree that cows do emit methane. If you doubt this just hang around with a few and your will be convinced this is true. For you city dwellers, either believe this cow fact or try the following experiment.
Let me set the table. Cows are vegetarians. They eat grasses and grains and do not even have access to hot dogs, Big Macs or even a good, thick juicy steak. Cows are generally not cannibalistic and will resort to hamburgers only when starving and someone happens to litter a few burgers along the road in reach of said bovines.
Ok, back to the experiment. You don’t have access to a cow (if you did you would not be doing this experiment) so you can use yourself instead.
Eat good balanced meals including healthy portion of meats (nice red meats, not those tofu or vegan substitutes) for a week or two. Monitor your methane output by approximating the frequency, quantity and toxicity. For toxicity note if people ran out of the room, simply glanced at the dog or did not notice.
Now, go on a vegan diet of grasses (sprouts of alfalfa and bean can be substituted), grains a little tofu and beans and other legumes (if you don’t know what a legume is, click here) for week or two plus a day. Begin monitoring your methane output One day after you begin the diet to allow for the passage of your old diet.
Now go back to the balanced meat diet allowing a day in between and then back again to the vegan diet. This allows for a scientific sound experiment and the repeatability confirms the validity of the experiment.
You will discover the meatless diet will be far less offensive to your family and friends, hence more environmentally friendly. Less methane is good, so you do not need to feel guilty about global warming when you have that nice, rare, juicy steak. Just bring your own bag when you go to the store to pick up your meat and groceries.
After you finish the experiments and then tell your friends, you may get great offers to buy you meat products and if you have some hunters as friends, might get some free, tasty venison. If you get an insatiable appetite for meat after this experiment, get your own by taking a hunter safety class and partake in the plentiful harvest.
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