Today’s fact of life#48


How beef is worse for the environment than cars- It’s easy to think the environmental comparison between cars and hamburgers may be silly. When you drive a car, you can easily see the gas fumes drifting up into the sky first hand.  However, a beef barbecue on a hot summer day has even greater impact that you probably were unaware of! Let’s take a look at why there’s such a large disparity between beef and Bentleys. While the negative effects of beef are from the production in its entirety, even just their farts are deadly! According to the United Nations, the combination between cow’s burps and farts account for at least four percent of all greenhouse gas emissions. Why is this? Science tells us that methane, which is in cow burps and farts, is better at trapping heat in the atmosphere than CO2. So while cars may be emitting more CO2 by volume, methane is 23 times more potent, which means cows end up causing more harm. To put it into perspective, cows produce the equivalent damage to the environment as four tons of CO2!



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Charles Rukuni
The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.


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