Monday, April 12, 2010


Have a steak and a smile

Eat steak, eat steak eat a big ol' steer
Eat steak, eat steak do we have one dear?
Eat beef, eat beef it's a mighty good food
It's a grade A meal when I'm in the mood.

-- Reverend Horton Heat, "Eat Steak"

There are a lot of fools, er, folks, including a few Creeder Readers, who've sworn off red meat 'cause of the supposed negative impact cows have on the environment. This story right here should allay any guilt you might feel the next time you're in the mood for a big ol' steak ...

From the London Telegraph: "In the past environmentalists, from Lord Stern to Sir Paul McCartney, have urged people to stop eating meat because the methane produced by cattle causes global warming. However a new study found that cattle grazed on the grasslands of China actually reduce another greenhouse gas, nitrous oxide."

What? How does that work?

From the London Telegraph: "Klaus Butterbach-Bahl, of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, carried out the study in Inner Mongolia in China. He found that grassland produced more nitrous oxide during the spring thaw when sheep or cattle have not been grazing. This is because the greenhouse gas, also known as laughing gas, is released by microbes in the soil. When the grass is long snow settles keeping the microbes warm and providing water, however when the grass is cut short by animals the ground freezes and the microbes die."

OK. The Law of Scientific Studies is that every research paper has a reaction in another research paper equal in magnitude and opposite in direction.

Still, it is nice to know that it may be the vegans who are killing the planet.

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