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Global warming - a solution

Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 12:38 am
by Going South
How you can help save the planet — and yourself — simply by substituting beans for beef

Susan Levin

As the world’s second largest greenhouse gas emitter, the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement drastically curbs international efforts to fight global warming. But concerned Americans don’t have to feel powerless. It turns out that simple choices we make every day — or three times a day — have the power to help protect our planet.

Recently, researchers from Loma Linda University released a new study finding that if Americans simply replaced the beef in their diets with beans, the U.S. would immediately reach up to 75 percent of its greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets for 2020. It confirms what we’ve known for a while: To protect our warming planet, we must start moving animal products, like meat, cheese and eggs off of our plates. Animal agriculture now contributes more to global warming than all forms of transportation combined.

The livestock industry also gobbles up massive amounts of resources, including land. Part of the problem is that growing and then converting animals, especially cows, into food is tremendously inefficient. By some estimates, just 1 percent of the calories fed to cattle eventually translate into human-edible calories. That means that acres upon acres of land are devoted to growing crops or livestock feed, instead of food for humans. In fact, a whopping 80 percent of protein from U.S. crops is fed to animals. This would be enough to feed 1 billion people: every last person in the United States, Canada and South America combined.

On top of that, meat production gulps up huge amounts of water. We usually think about shorter showers and drier lawns when we think about water conservation, but agriculture accounts for 80 to 90 percent of our water consumption. Think of it this way: An average American’s daily shower requires about 17 gallons of water. Making a single hamburger guzzles up a staggering 660 gallons. Producing a pound of beef requires a total of 1,800 gallons of water. To put it in perspective, producing just 3.5 pounds of beef — or 10 burgers — requires the same amount of water as an entire year’s worth of showers.*

So what can we do? The Loma Linda researchers were on the right track when they proposed swapping beef for beans. Producing equivalent amounts of protein from beans requires just a fraction of the resources needed to make beef. One study found that compared with beef, beans require just one-twentieth of land usage per unit of protein consumed. And when it comes to water, kidney beans require just a tenth of the water needed to produce beef. Even better, ditching the meat all together in favor of plant-based foods reduces an individual’s food-related water footprint by nearly 60 percent.

As an added benefit, it turns out that what’s good for the planet is also good for our health. As a dietitian, beans are one of the superfoods I always recommend to my patients. Beans are packed with protein, but unlike animal products, they’re low in the fat, saturated fat and cholesterol linked to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, weight problems, dementia, and even some types of cancer.

Beans are also packed with fiber, an important nutrient 97 percent of Americans fall short on. Fiber, which is only found in plant foods, can help control weight, lower cholesterol and even fight off cancer. Fiber also helps control blood glucose, which may be why studies show that beans could play a key role in stemming our growing type 2 diabetes epidemic.

In addition to being versatile — take your pick from black, pinto, kidney, garbanzo, navy, soy, and more — beans are also easy on the wallet. A pound of pinto beans runs for about $1.20, while a pound of lean ground beef now costs $5.70.

Choosing more plant-based foods is an astonishingly simple solution to so many of our nation’s problems. As the mother of a toddler, I’m concerned. Unless something changes, our next generation — predicted to be the first to face a shorter life expectancy than their parents — is in trouble. Already, about a third of children today are overweight or obese, and a third will eventually develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetimes. By the time today’s kids reach adulthood, projections show that health care spending will account for a third of our GDP. On top of that, they face the ever-increasing threat of global warming, fading air quality, flooding, and all of the health problems that accompany these disasters.

By simply incorporating more plant foods into our diets, we could exponentially find solutions for all of these problems without waiting for our leaders or policies to catch up with us. Our children’s health and the planet are worth it.

*1 shower = 17.2 gallons of water; producing 1 pound of beef = 1,800 gallons of water; showering for 1 year = the equivalent of producing just 3.48 pounds of beef; 17.2 gallons of water x 365 days = 6,278 gallons of water; 6,278 gallons of water / 1,800 gallons of water = 3.48 pounds of beef; 6,278 / 660 gallons to produce a burger = 9.5 burgers

Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., is a registered dietitian and director of nutrition education for the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. At the affiliated Barnard Medical Center, she counsels patients on disease prevention through healthy, plant-based eating. ... f_partner/

Re: Global warming - a solution

Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:06 am
by Katto
global warming is a load of shit but beans are better for you than meat

Re: Global warming - a solution

Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 9:46 am
by Boycs
Delete one in every ten people in the world?

Global warming - a solution

Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 12:19 pm
by Going South
Ability to give birth to another human is a privilege. Only those proved be worthy should have it & not be given to aholes to reproduce to keep world population in control.

If 80% of world's grains of protein are used feed live stock in order to make meat, that give only minor return on that protein investment, its bad economics. Yes the plus side is that Those beans can feed 1 billion people.

Re: Global warming - a solution

Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 2:20 pm
by Katto
eugenics seems to be back in fashion
it feels like 1920 all over again

Re: Global warming - a solution

Posted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 1:48 am
by Going South

TAMPA, Fla. - The Lone Star Tick is now becoming active across the state of Florida and researchers say the species can put your family at risk of infection.

"It's very aggressive and it's the most common biting tick that we have," said Dr. Kerry Clark, a leading researcher of tick-based infections at the University of North Florida's Dept. of Public Health.

Clark has published research stating the Lone Star tick transmits Lyme Disease, in addition to the black legged tick (also known as the deer tick).

Clark said as the state heads into the spring months the Lone Star Tick, and other species of ticks, are becoming active again. He also said having a warmer winter plays a role in the spread as well.


Even a year after the tick bites, Ethan Burt struggles to find the right words.

He often still feels foggy after being diagnosed with Lyme Disease and Encephalitis. Ticks latched onto Ethan after he walked in tall weeds on a camping trip. His parents didn't realize until days later.

'We left them in him for three days because we didn't know to check," said Christina Buck, his mother.

Buck said doctors had a hard time recognizing what was happening.

"The pediatrician was just like I've never seen a lyme rash I don't know what that is," she said.

Lyme Disease is caused by a spiral shaped bacteria (Borrelia burgdorferi) that is transmitted primarily by ticks, according to the Florida Lyme Disease Association.

The CDC estimates that there are 300,000 - 329,000 new cases in the United States every year, according to the Florida Lyme Disease Association.

Children ages 5 to 14 are at the greatest risk of acquiring Lyme Disease and constitute approximately 25 percent of all reported cases, according to the Florida Lyme Disease Association.

Ethan now is medicated seven times a day, but is on the road to recovery. Buck said she just doesn't want another family to have to go through what they have.

PREVENTING TICKS, per Florida Lyme Disease Association

1. Avoid tick-infested areas. Be sure to walk in the middle of trails. Treat skin, clothing and gear with appropriate repellents (permethrin on clothes/gear, DEET on skin). Tuck pants into socks.

2. Perform at least daily tick checks anytime you are outdoors, even if only in your yard. Ticks can be as small as a poppy seed. Shower within 1 hour of being outdoors to help prevent ticks from attaching.

3. Carefully remove any attached ticks. Use fine-point tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible. Gently pull the tick straight out, without twisting. Save the tick for testing.

4. Consider prophylactic antibiotic treatment, weighing the risks/benefits if you have a known tick bite, even before symptoms appear. A disseminated infection can be much more difficult, if not impossible, to eradicate. A Lyme infection can reach the central nervous system within as little as 24 hours.

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