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 Fleisch essen wird verpönt sein
Name: Achim StößerAchim Stößer Permalink: https://tierrechtsforen.de/13/2032

Datum: 28.10.09 18:41


Und zwar so verpönt "wie betrunken Autofahren", meint Lord Nicholas Stern, einer der führenden Experten zur globalen Erwärmung, wenn auch aus den falschen (Klima-)Gründen.

Und leider unterschlägt er, daß Vegetarismus (auch) diesbezüglich völlig unzureichend ist.

Nun ja: de facto wird Unveganismus einst so "verpönt" sein wie es heute Sklaverei ist (oder sein sollte).

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 «Fleisch essen wird einst so verpönt sein, wie betrunken Auto fahren»
Name: Achim StößerAchim Stößer Permalink: https://tierrechtsforen.de/13/2032/2033

Datum: 28.10.09 18:45


Lord Nicholas Stern, einer der führenden Experten zur globalen Erwärmung, fordert den radikalen Verzicht auf Fleisch. Nur so könne der Klimawandel abgewendet werden. Fleischproduzenten sind empört.

Wir essen zu viel Fleisch: Ein Metzger zerteilt eine Sau.
Bild: Keystone

«Es ist wichtig, dass die Leute darüber nachdenken, was sie essen»: Lord Nicholas Stern.

Zur Person

Lord Nicholas Herbert Stern ist ein britischer Ökonom. Derzeit ist er Professor an der London School of Economics und berät die britische Regierung in Wirtschaftsfragen. (Quelle: Wikipedia)


Ende 2006 rüttelte Lord Nicholas Stern die Welt auf, als der damalige Weltbank-Chefökonom den politischen Führern die wirtschaftlichen Kosten aufzeigte, die ein klimapolitisches Nichtstun mit sich brächte.

Jetzt macht der Weltklimaökonom wieder Schlagzeilen: Mit einem radikalen Vorschlag ruft er in der britischen Zeitung «Times» die Menschen zum Kampf gegen die Klimaerwärmung auf. Lord Nicholas Stern fordert im Interview, auf Fleisch gänzlich zu verzichten. Denn Fleischessen sei für unseren Planeten ungesund: Der Wasserverbrauch ist gigantisch und die bei der Produktion entstehenden Treibhausgase schaden dem Klima enorm.

«Die Fleischproduktion verursacht viel Methan und führt zu einem verschwenderischen Verbrauch von Ressourcen. Ein vegetarischer Lebensstil wäre besser», sagt Lord Stern. Methan (CH4) ist ein Treibhausgas und in seiner klimaschädlichen Wirkung viel stärker als Kohlendioxid (CO2). Klimaforscher stufen Methan in seiner klimaschädigenden Wirkung als 21 Mal so stark ein wie CO2.

Die steigende Anzahl von Rinderfarmen führen so zu einer Verstärkung des Treibhauseffektes. Ein Rind stösst aus dem Darm täglich etwa 150 bis 250 Liter Methan aus.

Fleischpreise erhöhen

Lord Nicholas Stern sagt: «Es ist wichtig, dass die Leute darüber nachdenken, was sie essen.» Und er prophezeit gar, dass der Fleischverzehr in Zukunft gesellschaftlich so geächtet sein wird, wie es heute das Autofahren in betrunkenem Zustand ist.

«Ich bin jetzt 61 und die Einstellung gegenüber Alkohol am Steuer hat sich seit meiner Studentenzeit radikal verändert», so Lord Stern. Der Ökonom rät den Teilnehmern der Weltklimakonferenz Ende Dezember in Kopenhagen, darauf hinzuwirken, dass die Preise für Fleisch erhöht werden.

Die Fleischproduzenten reagieren empört auf den Vorschlag von Lord Stern. Jonathan Scurlock, vom britischen Verband National Farmers Union, sagt: «Es ist keine Lösung, wenn jetzt alle Vegetarier werden.»
(bru)

Erstellt: 27.10.2009, 11:46 Uhr
http://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/leben/gesellschaft/Fleisch-essen-wird-einst-so-verpoent-sein-wie-betrunken-Auto-fahren/story/29078958?id=29078958&key=516147440.8922&cache=9efAwefu

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 Climate chief Lord Stern: give up meat to save the planet
Name: Achim StößerAchim Stößer Permalink: https://tierrechtsforen.de/13/2032/2034

Datum: 28.10.09 18:56


October 27, 2009

Methane is 23 times more powerful than carbon dioxide as a global warming gas

Robin Pagnamenta, Energy Editor
717 Comments

People will need to turn vegetarian if the world is to conquer climate change, according to a leading authority on global warming.

In an interview with The Times, Lord Stern of Brentford said: “Meat is a wasteful use of water and creates a lot of greenhouse gases. It puts enormous pressure on the world’s resources. A vegetarian diet is better.”

Direct emissions of methane from cows and pigs is a significant source of greenhouse gases. Methane is 23 times more powerful than carbon dioxide as a global warming gas.

Lord Stern, the author of the influential 2006 Stern Review on the cost of tackling global warming, said that a successful deal at the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December would lead to soaring costs for meat and other foods that generate large quantities of greenhouse gases.

He predicted that people’s attitudes would evolve until meat eating became unacceptable. “I think it’s important that people think about what they are doing and that includes what they are eating,” he said. “I am 61 now and attitudes towards drinking and driving have changed radically since I was a student. People change their notion of what is responsible. They will increasingly ask about the carbon content of their food.”

Lord Stern, a former chief economist of the World Bank and now I. G. Patel Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics, warned that British taxpayers would need to contribute about £3 billion a year by 2015 to help poor countries to cope with the inevitable impact of climate change.

He also issued a clear message to President Obama that he must attend the meeting in Copenhagen in person in order for an effective deal to be reached. US leadership, he said, was “desperately needed” to secure a deal.

He said that he was deeply concerned that popular opinion had so far failed to grasp the scale of the changes needed to address climate change, or of the importance of the UN meeting in Copenhagen from December 7 to December 18. “I am not sure that people fully understand what we are talking about or the kind of changes that will be necessary,” he added.

Up to 20,000 delegates from 192 countries are due to attend the UN conference in the Danish capital. Its aim is to forge a deal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions sufficiently to prevent an increase in global temperatures of more than 2 degrees centigrade. Any increase above this level is expected to trigger runaway climate change, threatening the lives of hundreds of millions of people.

Lord Stern said that Copenhagen presented a unique opportunity for the world to break free from its catastrophic current trajectory. He said that the world needed to agree to halve global greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 to 25 gigatonnes a year from the current level of 50 gigatonnes.

UN figures suggest that meat production is responsible for about 18 per cent of global carbon emissions, including the destruction of forest land for cattle ranching and the production of animal feeds such as soy.

Lord Stern, who said that he was not a strict vegetarian himself, was speaking on the eve of an all-parliamentary debate on climate change. His remarks provoked anger from the meat industry.

Jonathan Scurlock, of the National Farmers Union, said: “Going vegetarian is not a worldwide solution. It’s not a view shared by the NFU. Farmers in this country are interested in evidence-based policymaking. We don’t have a methane-free cow or pig available to us.”

On average, a British person eats 50g of protein derived from meat each day — the equivalent of a chicken breast or a lamb chop. This is a relatively low level for a wealthy country but between 25 per cent and 50 per cent higher than the amount recommended by the World Health Organisation.

Su Taylor, a spokeswoman for the Vegetarian Society, welcomed Lord Stern’s remarks. “What we choose to eat is one of the biggest factors in our personal impact on the environment,” she said. “Meat uses up a lot of resources and a vegetarian diet consumes a lot less land and water. One of the best things you can do about climate change is reduce the amount of meat in your diet.”

The UN has warned that meat consumption is on course to double by the middle of the century.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article6891362.ece

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 Lord Stern: 'People should give up eating meat to halt climate change'
Name: Achim StößerAchim Stößer Permalink: https://tierrechtsforen.de/13/2032/2035

Datum: 28.10.09 19:08


People should give up eating meat to halt climate change, according to Lord Stern of Brentford, a leading authority on global warming.


By Murray Wardrop
Published: 7:00AM GMT 27 Oct 2009


Lord Stern predicts that eating meat could become as socially unacceptable as drink driving Photo: EPA

Lord Stern, author of the 2006 Stern Review on the cost of tackling global warming, predicts that eating meat could in the future become as socially unacceptable as drink driving.

Livestock farming has come under fire in recent years from environmental campaigners because methane from cattle and pigs is a significant source of greenhouse gases.


Lord Stern, a former chief economist of the World Bank, believes that the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December should call for an increase in the price of meat and other foods that contribute to climate change.

In an interview with The Times, he said: “Meat is a wasteful use of water and creates a lot of greenhouse gases. It puts enormous pressure on the world’s resources. A vegetarian diet is better.”

He added: “I think it’s important that people think about what they are doing and that includes what they are eating.

“I am 61 now and attitudes towards drinking and driving have changed radically since I was a student. People change their notion of what is responsible.

“They will increasingly ask about the carbon content of their food.”

Meat producers reacted angrily to the suggestions.

Jonathan Scurlock, of the National Farmers Union, said: “Going vegetarian is not a worldwide solution. It’s not a view shared by the NFU. Farmers in this country are interested in evidence-based policymaking. We don’t have a methane-free cow or pig available to us.”

Methane is 23 times more powerful than carbon dioxide as a global warming gas. UN figures suggest that meat production is responsible for about 18 per cent of global carbon emissions, including the destruction of forest land for cattle ranching and the production of animal feeds.

However, British farmers say more money and support is needed to maintain the traditional countryside in the face of increased environmental demands from government.

New climate change targets to cut greenhouse gases by 80 per cent by 2050 will require farms to reduce methane produced by cows, cut use of fossil fuels and use less polluting fertilisers.

Landowners fear that the rules will add to increasing red tape from Europe and competition from abroad to make it even more difficult to make a living out of farming.

Up to 20,000 delegates from192 countries are due to attend the UN conference in the Copenhagen, which aims to thrash out a deal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions sufficiently to prevent an increase in global temperatures of more than 2 degrees centigrade.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/climatechange/6442164/Lord-Stern-People-should-give-up-eating-meat-to-halt-climate-change.html

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