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Our 17th Don't Just Sit There - Do Something! video is out - this time with a focus on climate and food. It was released yesterday so maybe it still counts as a contribution to Meatless Monday? (Or a belated addition to the Food Day festivities? Or as a shout-out to last week's excellent, powerful "Butterfly Woman" food justice blogathon here at dKos?)

This was a surprisingly difficult episode to put together - not because the facts aren't out there about food and energy, but because, with this topic, strong opinions abound. Rather than scold, however, (those who watch our series regularly know that guilting people into action isn't really where we come from), we do our best to highlight the many positive effects of a less carbon-intense diet, with our characteristic good humor, and, in a scant 5 minutes, bridge the gap between the stalwart vegans and the equally entrenched Big Mac-ophile crowd.

Know someone (or maybe you are someone) who thus far doesn't get why dialing down those carnivorous tendencies might be a good idea for the climate, their health, and their wallet? Please watch and share! (And also, submit a comment to EPA about the new proposed rule limiting carbon pollution from new power plants!)


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~Joylette is the Director and star of the Don't Just Sit There - Do Something! video series. She holds a Ph.D. in Genetics from Stanford University and an undergraduate degree from MIT. She has done science and environmental outreach work at the local, regional, and national levels in the past, often with a specific focus on climate. She is also currently a concerned stay-at-home Mom of two young boys.~

Originally posted to Climate Change SOS on Tue Oct 29, 2013 at 06:30 AM PDT.

Also republished by DK GreenRoots and Meatless Advocates Meetup.

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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    Thanks for watching and sharing!


    Don't Just Sit There - Do Something! --- a humorous take on climate news, climate science, with easy things everyone can do to make a difference.

    by Dont Just Sit There DO SOMETHING on Tue Oct 29, 2013 at 05:33:29 AM PDT

  •  I am totally supportive of individual and (1+ / 0-)

    collective action to fight climate change. There are multiple steps we take to reduce our carbon foot print and we have meatless meals often during the week. However it will be hard for me to avoid all animal products until some way to do that and keep a low glycemic diet is possible. I have the type II diabetes gene and have kept it at bay so far, I believe by my continuing efforts to eat a low glycemic diet. However I have not yet found a vegan approach for that (and low means lower than a GI of 20, not of 50). If someone can help with this I would be happy to learn more.

    The type II diabetes predisposition is common; any campaign to stop eating animal products needs to solve this problem.

    Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? . . . and respect the dignity of every human being.

    by Wee Mama on Tue Oct 29, 2013 at 08:47:02 AM PDT

  •  If you eat pastured beef (1+ / 0-)

    the cows spend their lives out in a field, eating grass and providing their own fertilizer. They then go to slaughter and we eat them.

    If you eat vegan, somebody has to plow the fields (with a tractor), plant the crops (with a tractor)  tend the fields (with a tractor), and harvest the crops (with a tractor).  

    Seems to me like eating veggies puts more pollution in the air. I don't think those farms are using horses or oxen to tend the ram.

    "That being said, I do agree I am going to hell. But for other reasons. Mostly boring tax stuff ' Amy Pohler

    by Annie B on Tue Oct 29, 2013 at 09:33:13 AM PDT

    •  Your approach to this is not valid air quality (1+ / 0-)

      science as it applies to agriculture and the determination of greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural operations.

      Determinations of the amounts of greenhouse gas emissions that are released from all parts of the agriculture operation have to be evaluated on a multi-pollutant basis using a weighting system based on the amount of greenhouse gas forcing per unit of atmospheric gas order to address radiative forcing from compounds like methane.

      Different determinations establish process emissions and then further calculations establish the amount of emissions per unit of agricultural commodity production.....which is the only real way of understanding the effects of the process and the emissions from that process under study.

      •  In other words... (0+ / 0-)

        'Seems to me' just isn't a valid approach to determining these things. Heck, if it were, all the climate denier baloney about "Seems to me humans couldn't possibly cause this big of a problem across the whole giant Earth" would be as valid as any robust scientific analysis.

        Thanks for the comments, LS and Annie.

        You definitely have to look at a lot of factors in a true lifecycle analysis, incorporate methane produced (and not discount the effect of land use changes, energy used in animal transportation, etc.)

        Not saying that pastured, organic beef isn't better than conventional - or that some farms don't have better practices than others. Just that eating beef is probably still not better pound-for-pound, energy-wise, than eating beans instead.

        If you want to read more, we always list our sources. You may find this breakdown especially helpful in looking at more of the factors than just feedstock.


        Don't Just Sit There - Do Something! --- a humorous take on climate news, climate science, with easy things everyone can do to make a difference.

        by Dont Just Sit There DO SOMETHING on Tue Oct 29, 2013 at 12:05:53 PM PDT

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