The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that meat production accounts for nearly a fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions and Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri is urging the meat eaters of the world to curb their consumption.(1)
Pachauri, chief of the Nobel prize winning United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has made numerous statements about how NOT eating meat will save the planet from global warming. In fact, he travels all over with fellow IPCC member Al Gore campaigning for the vegetarian lifestyle and how it will save the world.
Here's what makes this all so difficult to swallow:
Dr. Pachauri is Indian. India has the largest cattle population in the world, weighing in at an estimated 282,000,000 head.(2) To put that number in perspective, there are currently about 104,300,000 cattle in the United States (as of July 2008).(3) So... according to Pachauri, it's okay to have 2.8 times the U.S. cattle population just sitting around, grazing and spewing methane into the atmosphere, but the people that EAT cows had better knock it off.
Did I mention that Dr. Pachauri is also a vegetarian?
Why no - I STILL don't make this crap up:
1. The Observer: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment ... /sep/07/food.foodanddrink
2. Cattle Network: http://www.cattlenetwork.com/content.asp?contentid=63256
3. U.S. Department of Agriculture: http://www.nass.usda.gov/Charts_and_Maps/Cattle/jul_inv.asp