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Discussions Discussion Carbon Footprint and Economic Crisis
Kate M, Feb. 10, 2014

From my understanding of economics, there seems to be a complex relationship between affluence and carbon emissions. Generally speaking, those with more money can afford certain luxuries, perhaps above all air travel, greatly contributing to their carbon footprint. At the same time, however, those in the upper-middle and upper classes have certain opportunities to reduce their emissions in ways that those living close to or below the poverty line do not. Those who lack economic security are often forced to eat foods that contribute the most emissions because fast food is dominated by meat products and organic food products are generally too expensive. At the same time, however, those living in extreme poverty in more rural areas, especially agricultural communities, have some of the lowest footprints because meat production without subsidies and economies of scale is really expensive. Those in the upper class can also afford to install green appliances and buy more expensive cars with higher fuel efficiency.

Kate M

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Discussions Discussion Food & hunger
Isabelle Cuinet, Nov. 11, 2012

I do believe a lot of you make a point about the fact that people should eat lesser meat and become vegetarian. But since we, humans, have been feeding on meat since the 1st appearance of men on Earth, it will be difficult for us to change our habit into something completely different. Plus, it will also be bad for our organism to handle such change as this might cause some problems in our digestion. We don’t need to destroy our body to be of a help.

Instead of wasting money on weapons for war, why don’t we just waste them on buying necessary and useful tools for agriculture? We could just send people to the countries in need and help create arable lands for plantations or even for irrigation. Humans must be more dynamic on helping others solve problems. We have widely enough money to help these 1 billion of people. The problem is just that the society is unbalanced. But I’m sure that if men are willing to get rid of their selfishness, this goal could be possible to achieve

Isabelle Cuinet
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  • Mikaela C-USA Mikaela C-USA Nov. 15, 2012
    I agree that selfishness of people gets in the way of feeding the unfortunate. Sometimes it is important to not waste the food we receive because it is a gift and it is something that is essential. I believe that this unbalance you talk about is exactly what gives us purpose. We want to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, and care for the sick. We want to end war, homelessness, and poverty. Yet, we can't. As you said, if we could team up and help, there could be a change, but there are people who are greedy and don't care.
    As Mother Teresa said, “If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”
    To help out in your community for the hunger can make a small impact that can lead to something more meaningful.
  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin Nov. 16, 2012
    Although it is true that consuming animals has been a part of humans' diet for millennia, the amount of meat eaten by the average person in most industrialized countries is WAY out of proportion to our evolutionary heritage. Excess consumption of foods in general- but meat in particular- is associated with health problems, whereas there is very little evidence for what you suggested- major health problems associated with a vegetarian diet. One exception is during pregnancy, when women should take special care to consult with a doctor on one's diet.

    Personally, I have been a 95% or so vegan for 15 years, and my health is great. Other people may not do as well on my specific diet. But I think that it is fair to say that, on average, peoples' health and the planet's well being would both benefit from reduction in (not necessarily elimination of) meat consumption in wealthy countries.

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Discussions Discussion Deforestation SOS
Amy Sutherland, April 11, 2011

Crops for animal feed destroying Brazilian savannah of Cerrado, WWF warns, as soy agriculture expands to feed growing demand for meat

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