Bruce Friedrich, Francis Morla, ROZ discussed on Environment: NPR

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It's the Ted radio hour from NPR. I'm guy Roz, and I'm the show today. Ideas about how we can stop the worst effects of global warming and save our planet. And one of the ways we might be able to do that is, by changing our diets and eating a lot less meat. I read a book called diet for a small planet by Francis morla pay and Francis Marlow, pay basically, makes the argument that in order to eat meat we have to grow massive amounts of crops that we then funnel through in a most. This is Bruce Friedrich. He's co of a nonprofit called the good food institute. The most recent statistics from the world Resources Institute indicate that it takes about nine calories fed to a chicken to get one calorie back out in the form of chicken meat, and chickens are the most efficient animal. So you're talking about nine times as much land nine times as much water nine times as many pesticides, herbicides on the crops. And then you have to ship, all of those crops to a feed mill yet to operate the feed mill you have to ship the feed to the factory farm, you have to operate the factory farm, you have to ship the animals to the slaughterhouse you have to operate the slaughterhouse. Once you crunch all of those numbers. And all of that inefficiency what we find is that meat production. According to the United Nations causes about fourteen point five percent of all human caused climate change globally. That's more than transportation. So the animal agriculture industry causes more climate change than all of the cars and the trains, and the planes than all forms of transportation combined. Here's more from Bruce Friedrich on the Ted stage. I get one thing out of the way I am not here to tell anybody what to eat besides convincing the world to eat less meat. It hasn't worked for fifty years environmentalists, global health experts and animal activists.

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