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  •  all good efforts (1+ / 0-)
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    and something we all can do in our own way.
    The effects on Big Everything will be a long time coming, though. Globalization meshes well with the material desires of emerging economies, so there will be new crops of suckers for Big Everything as we each drop out of the trap.
    Heck, the price of dairy products, always a big issue in Vermont, has skyrocketed due largely to a sudden taste for cheese in South Korea. So, now there is a demand for more cows (and more carbon), and their cheese will have the added carbon footprint of being shipped thousands of miles across the Pacific.
    Not a win.

    Last full month in which the average daily temperature did not exceed twentieth-century norms: 2/1985 - Harper's Index, 2/2013

    by kamarvt on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 04:04:39 AM PDT

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    •  Only can hope that the people in Vermont (1+ / 0-)
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      will still be working on a plan to reduce the carbon that cows produce, like capturing the methane they make and turning it to better use, or planting trees to shade the cow pastures, or sending off manure for natural composting and organic growing.

      People shipping that cheese might want to put it on wind powered ships that could move slowly enough that the cheese could age on its way to Korea, so no new warehouses for aging cheese would have to be built.

      People that manage the microbes that make cheese could be funding new research into the little critters that will make better meds, better fermentation, energy fuels, oils and plastics out of waste streams.

      Many of those Koreans that are eating that cheese are making new appliances that use energy and water more efficiently, studying science, and living efficiently.

      If enough people live simply, and live mindfully, I am hoping that the answers, the plans, and the needed changes will come.  

      •  GMP's Cow Power (0+ / 0-)

        is doing much of what you describe with recapturing methane. Many of our dairy herds are on true family farms, though Big Ag isn't unknown here, and family farms tend to waste very little. Almost everything is repurposed.
        Just-in-time inventory will have to go by the wayside for the aging on ships idea; and that's not likely until a steep carbon tax is imposed on convenience. A dozen roses flown in from Peru for Valentine's Day should cost in the neighborhood of $1000, in my vociferous opinion.

        Last full month in which the average daily temperature did not exceed twentieth-century norms: 2/1985 - Harper's Index, 2/2013

        by kamarvt on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 01:14:48 PM PDT

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