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    Default Debunking the meat/climate change myth

    Editor’s note: Eliot Coleman is one of the most revered and influential small-scale farmers in the United States, famous for growing delicious vegetables through the Maine winter with little use of fossil fuel. Eliot sent me the following letter as a response to my recent piece on the greenhouse-gas foorprint of industrial meat. At question is a 2007 report by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization called “Livestock’s Long Shadow,” which claimed that 18 percent of global human-induced greenhouse gas emissions stem from meat production.
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    Eliot Coleman

    Aug 7, 2009

    I am dismayed that so many people have been so easily fooled on the meat eating and climate change issue following the UN report. The culprit is not meat eating but rather the excesses of corporate/industrial agriculture. The UN report shows either great ignorance or possibly the influence of the fossil fuel lobby with the intent of confusing the public. It is obviously to someone’s benefit to make meat eating and livestock raising an easily attacked straw man (with the enthusiastic help of vegetarian groups) in order to cover up the singular contribution of the only new sources of carbon — burning the stored carbon in fossil fuels and to a small extent making cement (both of which release carbon from long term storage) — as the reason for increased greenhouse gasses in the modern era.

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    An interesting perspective. He makes a pretty persuasive case against cattle and methane. He reminds us that tens of millions of buffalo, moose, elk, etc. grazed the plains and their methane did not heat up the earth. Just when I thought I had the whole methane thing figured out......a great new perspective. Thanks for posting.

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    Succinct and eloquent exposition of the true situation. Straw man indeed! Is this too nuanced and complicated for people to understand?

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    To Coleman's argument, I would add, Not only does letting cattle feed only on the range reduce the "carbon footprint" of industrialized CAFO operations to almost nothing by getting rid of them, but if intensive herd management is used, instead of "old style" free grazing, almost any piece of land on which a herd is placed will improve in fertility over time, much of which improved fertility is due to additional carbon in the soil, but includes additions of all other minerals that are returned to the soil by concentrated herds. There's no need to add hardly any off-site minerals when cattle are raised properly. They improve the land, which grows richer pasture, and captures more rain water, which deepens the soil food web, which improves the carbon sequestration of each acre utilized.

    One of the finest things the USA could do with it's massive prairie, is to outlaw the cultivation of grains there that are destined for CAFO operations, at home or abroad. All this land should be prairie as it used to be. If this measure were taken for steppes the world over, and deforestation were stopped, man would sink so much carbon into the ground that all the excess we've created in the atmosphere could be drained right back into the ground in a few dozen years and we would be living with pre-industrial levels of atmospheric carbon, even if we don't try to stop industry from adding carbon to the air. Just having land sit with annual crops turned to stubble and sitting bare and fallow for months each year is an ecological sin. All the time land is bare, there's little ability to absorb excess water, and what carbon and nitrogen exist in the dead stubble and roots ends up escaping to the atmosphere. Grasslands don't have these losses.

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    Grasslands capture carbon like trees. The now defunct Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX)--using a "cap & trade" system--allowed polluters to purchase "credits," via shares of grasslands, to offset their businesses' carbon pollution. Ranchers in places like Kansas and Montana were paid anywhere from $2 to $7 per credit for every acre of grassland on their ranches. Some ranchers had 25,000 to 30,000 acres of unused grassland, reaping tens of thousands of dollars each year for just "letting their grass grow." Grasslands are a great way to "sink carbon into the ground."

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    Meanwhile in Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro is authorizing the cutting of rain forests at the rate of... wait for it... a football field a minute. His motivation? The same as our current administration: profit. No one can plant trees that will grow fast enough to offset this destruction.
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