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Green Quote of the Week: Rajendra Pachauri

Rajendra Pachauri, who currently chairs the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 2002 and who recently won the Nobel Peace Price along with Al Gore, said at a speech in London on Monday evening that "meat production puts more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than transport" and that "changing diets is something one should consider".

"The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has estimated that direct emissions from meat production account for about 18% of the world's total greenhouse gas emissions," he told BBC News.

"So I want to highlight the fact that among options for mitigating climate change, changing diets is something one should consider."

You can read more about this over at BBC News.

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It's interesting how two seemingly different philosophies (vegetarianism and environmentalism) can intersect in such an unexpected way. But the question becomes, should we solve emissions problems by boycotting the manufacturers, or simply implementing new eco-friendly standards that processing plants would be forced to meet? My guess is that capitalism always trumps ecology, so until the government can get its head on straight and put better policies in place, we would do well to boycott high-emissions products.

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It's funny that environmentalists don't address this issue more often. At this point it's pretty common knowledge that the amount of meat produced and consumed is harmful to our environment, yet people often act as if this is news to them, or don't address it at all. I applaud Rajendra Pachauri and Green-Blog.org for getting the word out so that eventually it may be an aspect of environmentalism that environmentalists can't just ignore.

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