Monthly Archives: December 2009

Eight Ways In-Vitro Meat will Change Our Lives

Artificial meat coming in 3-10 years. This article outlines so many benefits, not least:

4. Healthier Planet.Today’s meat industry is a brutal fart in the face of Gaia. A recent Worldwatch Institute report “Livestock and Climate Change” accuses the world’s 1.5 billion livestock of responsibility for 51% of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions. Statistics are truly shitty: cattle crap 130 times more volume than a human, creating 64 million tons of sewage in the United States that’s often flushed down the Mississippi River to kill fish and coral in the Gulf of Mexico. Pigs are equally putrid. There’s a hog farm in Utah that oozes a bigger turd total than the entire city of Los Angeles. Livestock burps and farts are equally odious and ozone-destroying. 68% of the ammonia in the world is caused by livestock creating acid rain, 65% of the nitrous oxide, 37% of the methane, 9% of the CO2, plus 100 other polluting gases.

via Eight Ways In-Vitro Meat will Change Our Lives | h+ Magazine.

'Fourteen days to seal history's judgment on this generation'

Today 56 newspapers in 45 countries take the unprecedented step of speaking with one voice through a common editorial. We do so because humanity faces a profound emergency.Unless we combine to take decisive action, climate change will ravage our planet, and with it our prosperity and security. The dangers have been becoming apparent for a generation. Now the facts have started to speak: 11 of the past 14 years have been the warmest on record, the Arctic ice-cap is melting and last year’s inflamed oil and food prices provide a foretaste of future havoc. In scientific journals the question is no longer whether humans are to blame, but how little time we have got left to limit the damage. Yet so far the world’s response has been feeble and half-hearted.

via ‘Fourteen days to seal history’s judgment on this generation’ | Comment is free | The Guardian.