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The paper explains why meat consumption is a big contributor to climate change and therefore makes the radical proposal to ration beef and other meat consumption in America. The paper notes that during wartime, lots of products were rationed, and so we can suffer with rationing during this war on global warming. The paper discusses the benefits this will provide to people in other agricultural-related industries as well as to human health in general. The paper asserts that it is an ideal time to introduce a change in the American way of eating that could have an impact on Americans' health and the planet for generations.
From the Paper:"Proudly, many Americans drag their recycling to the curbs. Perhaps they occasionally walk to the supermarket on a nice day. Or, the most conscientious may worry about their global footprint and try to car-pool to work in their colleague's hybrids. But while small measures are certainly noble, there is something Americans could do that would reduce their collective carbon footprint to a far greater degree. And it lies on their plates.
"According to the United Nation's leading expert on global warming (that's climate change in the preferred vocabulary of my Republican colleagues) Dr Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on the subject, and a joint recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, people should observe at least one meat-free day a week if they want to really make a difference in combating global warming. "Meat production accounts for nearly a fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions," because of the methane production of animals raised for meat consumption, particularly cows (Jowit 2008). Methane is twenty-three times more virulent as a global warming agent than carbon dioxide."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Eisnen, Marc Michael Pollan Interview. The Progressive. November 2008. March 4, 2009. http://www.progressive.org/mag/intv1108
- Jowit, Juliette. "UN says eat less meat to curb global warming." The Guardian. September 7, 2007. March 4, 2009. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/sep/07/food.foodanddrink
- "Wartime rationing." Body Soul and Spirit. January 8 2008. March 4, 2009. http://bodysoulandspirit.blogspot.com/2008/01/war-time-rationing.html
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