Politicians have jumped with vigor on the notion of a “Carbon Tax” to save planet earth from “Climate Change”.

That, in turn, is the political tool, they say, to force industries and automotive manufacturers to reduce carbon emissions which are arguably destroying our atmosphere. A recent study published in the journal of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences identifies another important source of carbon emissions that has not been actively discussed by President Obama, by politicians, nor by the mass media.

Emissions from farmed animals which are raised for human consumption.

This study has confirmed that, since farmed animals raised for human consumption pass a lot of gas, those animals are affecting our atmosphere.  In the United States alone there is an enormous number of animals raised for Americans to eat each year:

  • It is estimated that billions End Note 1   of chickens are raised to feed meat-eating Americans.
  • PETA estimates that 29 million cows are raised.
  • About 116 million pigs End Note 2  are farmed for humans to eat.

Taken as a total, talk about big bubbles!

The scientists who published that research End Note 3  estimated the global impact of eating farmed animals can no longer be ignored. It also confirms that eating animal meat is not only damaging to earth’s atmosphere but it also confirms that consuming animal meats is also a major burden on societal, and family, healthcare costs.

“Transitioning toward more plant-based diets…could reduce global mortality by 6–10% and food-related greenhouse gas emissions by 29–70%…in 2050.” End Note 3

If you are a believer that people can alter the course of climate change by supporting a Carbon Tax on industrial emissions and automotive emissions, then you’d support a Carbon Tax on farmed-animal emissions. [Tongue in cheek comment, of course.]

Do your part to save our atmosphere. Call your politicians right now and demand they impose a tax on farmed-animal butts or, perhaps better, consider adopting a Vegan diet to help save planet earth and, likely, to save huge costs on your medical bills.


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  1. USDA Slaughter Stats for 2008, post by animal liberation front on their website:  http://www.animalliberationfront.com/Practical/FactoryFarm/USDAnumbers.htm
  2. ibid.
  3. This study was published in PNAS, (the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences). “Analysis and valuation of the health and climate change cobenefits of dietary change”, By
    Springmanna, Godfraya, Raynera, and Scarborougha. Edited by Tilman, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN. February 9, 2016. [ http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2016/03/16/1523119113.full ]