SAVE OUR PLANET – Scientists question EPA estimates of greenhouse gas emissions

SAVE OUR PLANET… Global methane from the
livestock industry underestimated. Through recalculations based on a new approach, US
researchers from the University of Missouri have concluded that the amounts of methane
emitted from the waste on dairy and pig farms could be underestimated by as much as 65%.
US factory farms, which house thousands of animals at a time in one building, are often
forced to dispose of the overwhelming quantities of waste in manure “lagoons,” open and
untreated cesspits holding up to millions of gallons of liquid waste. Although these
livestock waste lagoons generate toxic methane gas as a byproduct, they are rarely measured
due to the technical difficulty and high costs. As a result, the US Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) had been estimating the emissions of this potent greenhouse gas based on a certain
United Nations formula. However, the scientists found that the lagoons generated methane more
rapidly than calculated by the UN formula. This, combined with other equation updates,
suggested the current methane emissions could be up to two-thirds higher than estimated.
In addition, the report stated that other farmed animal operations may in fact be producing
methane pollution beyond the threshold currently required for reporting to the EPA such as
livestock farms with less than 3,200 dairy cows or 34,100 pigs. The harmful effects of livestock manure on
environment and health due were further described by US investigative journalist David Kirby
in an interview. (Interview in English)
David Kirby – Award winning US investigative journalist, author of “Animal Factory”
(M): There are all the gases that come up off the lagoons, that come out of the barns
themselves, and that come from the spray fields, where when they have to get rid this liquid
waste. Of course, if the wind comes, well that’s great for the farmer, because he’s
just gotten rid of several hundreds of gallons of liquid that just flew away out in the air.
The lagoons themselves give off gas, and they emit methane, which is very hazardous to human
health; hydrogen sulfide, which can cause neurological disorders, depression, anxiety,
even suicide, aggression – hydrogen sulfide is a horrible thing to be exposed to; and
ammonia. VOICE: Our appreciation, Mr. Kirby and University
of Missouri researchers for your factual observations that help quantify this harmful greenhouse
gas. With such serious considerations as these, may governments and individuals make the urgent
and necessary shift to low-emission, humane plant-based agriculture to save the planet. Supreme Master Ching Hai has conveyed on many
occasions her concern for the environmental impact of animal farming, as during this September
2009 videoconference in South Korea. Videoconference with Supreme Master Ching
Hai Jeju Island, South Korea – September 21,
2009 Supreme Master Ching Hai: The animals and
their waste also produce very potent greenhouse gases, like methane and nitrous oxide, even
other toxic gases. Methane is up to 100 times more potent than carbon dioxide. And nitrous
oxide is 300 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Respected scientists recalculated
and found that the meat industry is actually producing more than 50% of global greenhouse
gas emissions. Meat is the number one cause of global warming. So, the number one solution
is to stop producing it. Logical, yes? So, we all have to be vegan. That is what the
science is clearly telling us right now�

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