Tiger Woods, Laughing Gas and Cow Farts
While many Americans are wasting valuable time oggling the news for the latest update on Tiger’s sex life, our atmosphere is filling up with greenhouse gases that may make human civilization unsustainable in the not too distant future.
By now, you’ve probably heard about CO2. Carbon Dioxide is the main greenhouse gas that everyone is talking about. Bill McKibben has done a great job getting the word out about CO2 levels with his group 350.org
There are other gases that create even more damage than CO2, and what you eat on a daily basis creates them.
Methane is 20 times more powerful as a greenhouse gas than CO2. The largest source of methane is industrial animal agriculture. Here’s how it works. Cows eat corn and grain which results in belches and blasts out the other end loaded with methane gas. What we need to do: eat less animals.
Nitrous Oxide also known as laughing gas in the dental office, is no laughing matter. A molecule of nitrous oxide traps heat about 200 times more effectively than a carbon dioxide molecule. It’s produced when nitrogen containing fertilizers are applied in conventional agriculture. What we need to do: support organic and sustainable agriculture.
Clearly what we eat and how we grow it can have a big impact on climate change. Research by Rodale Institute demonstrates that we could offset 25% of our annual emissions if we converted existing farmland to organic methods. We’d also save more water, induce less erosion and conserve more resources than conventional farming does.
The bottom line: If you care about our future, focus on what’s on the end of your fork instead of Tiger’s escapades. Our children and grandchildren will thank you for it one day.