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Towards a Greener Ham?








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Meat consumption is rising around the globe. What are we going to do about it? Is there such a thing as a greener meat?

The New York Times had a great article about meat the other day, As More Eat Meat, a Bid to Cut Emissions. It quoted United Nations statistics showing that meat production causes 18% greenhouse gas emissions, causing more climate impact than that of cars, buses and airplanes. The article was great because it painted a clear picture of how rising global meat consumption is affecting the planet, but even more interesting were some of the solutions it gave for curbing livestock-related emissions.

"In Denmark, by law, farmers now inject manure under the soil instead of laying it on top of the fields, a process that enhances its fertilizing effect, reduces odors and also prevents emissions from escaping....

"In Denmark, by law, farmers now inject manure under the soil instead of laying it on top of the fields, a process that enhances its fertilizing effect, reduces odors and also prevents emissions from escaping....

"In New Zealand, "the government is spending tens of millions of dollars financing research and projects like breeding cows that produce less gas and inventing feed that will make cows belch less methane."

Read the full article here for other solutions, among them, using pig waste for fuel, and a carbon cap-and-trade system that would charge farms for exceeding emissions limits.

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