Big Controversy is
going on in India about Eating Beef. Incidents like lynching of
a person for eating beef even triggered debate and protests against
rising intolerance. Opposition Parties used the issue to attack against Union
Govt led by Narendra Modi. But what United Nations thinks about eating beef? It
says Eating Beef is harmful for the Environment.
information switch over to the United Nations Environment
Programme (UNEP) study.
United Nation: A majority of
countries in the world is striving toward sustainable consumption to save
planet Earth. With a number of reasons being attributed as the leading cause of
climate change, a latest study put forward by the United Nations Environment
Program (UNEP) has dubbed beef as a "climate harmful meat."
The Food and Agriculture Organization
(FAO) in Rome believes that meat consumers, especially the beef consumers, pose
a major threat to the global environment.
According to a report in The Economic Times, production of even one gram of meat for an
average hamburger lead to release of 6.61 pounds carbon in the atmosphere.
statistics into account, the production of meat results in global warming more
than the gas discharged into the atmosphere by the burning of transport fuel.
Figures furnished by FAO in the study titled "Livestock's Long Shadow:
Environmental Issues and Options" show that livestock production
result in 18 percent of the global greenhouse gas emissions, while the
transport sector contributes 15 percent of the emissions.
experts believe that cutting the production of energy-intensive meat production
will help reduce world's carbon footprint. The effect would be much more pronounced
than decreasing or altogether eliminating the use of automobiles and fuels.
"This over consumption of meat
is really killing many things (there has to be a campaign) that big meat
consumers should stop that. At least try one day without meat," said Laurence Tubiana, the French
Ambassador for the Paris Climate Change Negotiations scheduled to be held in
In terms of
meat consumption, an average North American consumes around 322 grams of meat
every day, while a Chinese who consumes around 160 grams of meat each day. On
the other hand, an average Indian consumes only 12 grams of meat per day. That
means, an average American has a 25 percent greater contribution of global
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