High in cholesterol, high also in carbon: Cheese, counting the cost

If God promises never again to flood the world to oblivion, the promise for water does not also hold for fire.

The Revelation of Jesus Christ suggests that the world will go out in a blaze.
2 Peter 3:10-12 renders clear the elemental concerns regarding the Apocalyptic Day of the Lord:

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

It seems not out of the realm of the possible, then, that the ultimate demise of this inhabitable earth will be the end result of anthropomorphic climate change. That suggests that climate change is not only real but inevitable; its ultimate effect not only concerning but also catastrophic.

If prophesy is history foretold, can we circumvent this scenario or is it written in stone? And if circumventable, how can each one of us play our part? How do we each take charge in minimising our own carbon footprint?

Some people count their calories. Dirk Gratzel counts his carbon emissions

After realising that his annual carbon footprint was twice that of the national average, German man Dirk Gratzel decided to eat less cheese. But can dairy products hold the answer to our thermal woes?

As if farmer’s don’t have it hard enough, now they have to watch their carbon footprint also. In Australia, 16% of greenhouse gas emissions come from farms of which 20% come from dairy farms — three per cent (3%) of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions come directly from dairy farms. [2] Of these, the cow itself is the main culprit. Non-dairy cow are also energy-intensive to maintain. The cow, apparently, is an energy-intensive carbon-expensive beast of, nowadays, increasingly little burden. Which begs then the question, is the world overpopulated — with cow?

Indeed, a quick Google screen suggests the US, the UK, NZ, and Ireland all have too much cow.[5]

Approximately 60 to 70% of a typical dairy farm’s emissions arise from methane produced by the rumination of cows.²

Because prophesy is history foretold, it defies credulity to believe that the earth won’t be burned to bits in one thousand years’ time. Perhaps that is the end result even after man wakes up and takes measures to reduce the carbon-dioxide burden upon the atmosphere.

Despite a drop in consumption, beef still contributes more climate-warming pollution than any other food in the American diet.³

The Clean Metrics Corporation of Portland, Oregon has estimated that “avoidable food waste in the US exceeds 55 million metric tonnes per year, nearly 29% of annual production … equivalent to 2% of national emissions, and costs $198 billion.”[4] The same paper sites the alarming global statistic of one-third of all food produced for human consumption lost or wasted globally each year, about 1.2 billion metric tonnes!

  1. One man’s quest to make up for years of high carbon emissions, Frank Jordans and Daniel Niemann, Associated Press – Christian Science Monitor | December 11, 2018
  2. Emissions in dairy – Agriculture Victoria
    FOOTPRINT BY 10 PERCENT BETWEEN 2005 AND 2014 – NRDC Issue Paper, March 2017
  4. The Climate Change and Economic Impacts of Food Waste in
    the United States, Kumar Venkat – Int. J. Food System Dynamics 2 (4), 2011, 431-446
  5. Farm fodder crisis – Too many cows? – Irish Examiner, Wednesday, April 04, 2018
  6. Too Many Cattle?, Clive Norman – HuffPost, updated 1 November 2014
  7. More than half of NZers say too many cows – Greenpeace poll – Greenpeace New Zealand, 
  8. Too many cattle, R. P. ‘Doc’ Cooke – Farm Progress  | Aug 15, 2018
  9. Fodder crisis proves we have too many cowsJohn Gibbons – The Irish Times, Sat, Apr 7, 2018

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