*HOLY COW!!!!!!* by Desirée Glanville

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“Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”Albert Einstein

A cow does on average release between 70 and 120 kg of Methane per year. Methane is a greenhouse gas like carbon dioxide (CO2). But the negative effect on the climate of Methane is 23 times higher than the effect of CO2. Therefore the release of about 100 kg Methane per year for each cow is equivalent to about 2’300 kg CO2 per year.
Let’s compare this value of 2’300 kg CO2: The same amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) is generated by burning 1’000 liters of petrol. With a car using 8 liters of petrol per 100 km, you could drive 12’500 km per year (7’800 miles per year).

World-wide, there are about 1.5 billion cows and bulls. All ruminants (animals which regurgitates food and re-chews it) on the world emit about two billion metric tons of CO2-equivalents per year. In addition, clearing of tropical forests and rain forests to get more grazing land and farm land is responsible for an extra 2.8 billion metric tons of CO2 emission per year!

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) agriculture is responsible for 18% of the total release of greenhouse gases world-wide (this is more than the whole transportation sector). Cattle-breeding is taking a major factor for these greenhouse gas emissions according to FAO. Says Henning Steinfeld, Chief of FAO’s Livestock Information and Policy Branch and senior author of the report: “Livestock are one of the most significant contributors to today’s most serious environmental problems. Urgent action is required to remedy the situation.”

Livestock now use 30 percent of the earth’s entire land surface, mostly permanent pasture but also including 33 percent of the global arable land used to producing feed for livestock, the report notes. As forests are cleared to create new pastures, it is a major driver of deforestation, especially in Latin America where, for example, some 70 percent of former forests in the Amazon have been turned over to grazing.

Are cows to blame for global warming? Are cattle the true cause for climate change?
We cannot deny that farming has a major impact on global warming. Since farming is basically serving the consumer’s demand for food, we should look at our nourishment. With increased prosperity, people are consuming more meat and dairy products every year. Global meat production is projected to more than double from 229 million tonnes in 1999/2001 to 465 million tonnes in 2050, while milk output is set to climb from 580 to 1043 million tonnes.

A Japanese study showed that producing a kilogram of beef leads to the emission of greenhouse gases with a global warming potential equivalent to 36.4 kilograms of carbon dioxide (CO2). It also releases fertilising compounds equivalent to 340 grams of sulphur dioxide and 59 grams of phosphate, and consumes 169 megajoules of energy (Animal Science Journal, DOI: 10.1111/j.1740-0929.2007.00457.x). In other words, a kilogram of beef is responsible for the equivalent of the amount of CO2 emitted by the average European car every 250 kilometres, and burns enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for nearly 20 days (New Scientist magazine, 18 July 2007, page 15 ).

The following tables indicates the CO2 production in kg CO2 equivalents per kg of meat depending on the animal:

1 kg of meat from
produces kg CO2e

beef 34.6lamb 17.4pork 6.35chicken 4.57

Source: Environmental Impacts on Food Production and Consumption

Conclusion: Eat less meat and dairy products
The most important conclusion for ourselves is: Eat much less meat and dairy products. This is one of the most effective ways to reduce our personal carbon footprint and to generally reduce our personal negative impact on the environment.

Apophysis, Incendia & PSP


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  • Debbie Steer
    Debbie Steerabout 4 years ago

    More amazing work…….. as I have said before how does she do it……your talent is unbelievable ………..hope you are well Daisy!………. take care…..Debbie

  • Yes I am fine Debbie!!! Thank you for liking this!! Sending LOVE your way!! Take care!!! {{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}

    – Desirée Glanville

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenabout 4 years ago

    This looks so awesome……..stunning work and lovely colorful cow. Very eyecatching !!!

  • Thanks so much Sean!!!

    – Desirée Glanville

  • Lyn Evans
    Lyn Evansabout 4 years ago

    Just brilliiant hon…I love the title

  • Thanks so much Lynn! :)

    – Desirée Glanville

  • MDC DiGi PiCS
    MDC DiGi PiCSabout 4 years ago

    For all of the negatives associated with farming cows & its supposed effects on the environment, it tastes fantastic, it provides one of the most efficient sources of protein as well as producing milk which in turn is used for the manufacture of some of the finest tasting food stuffs on this planet….mmmm cheese! Love the art work & love eating cow! M x

  • Personally I do not care about meat in the least bit, I am a sucker for cheese though…..I cannot see any upsides about the consuming patterns we are having right now. Cows are mammals, sensitive creatures, we treat them HORRIBLY, and the impact on the planet is terrible too, i think giving pleasure to your tastebuds is no justification to treat living beings ( and the entire planet) like that. There are other, less cancerous sources of proteine that are equally good……reducing the amout of meet that you are eating would really benefit your personal health and everybody elses! :)
    People that eat meat tend to be more aggressive as well, and recent studies have shown and increase in IQ after switching to a vegetarian diet! :) Besides that most beef is full of anti-biotics and hormones…….we are what we eat!
    Anyway, Thanks for loving my work and love to you!! XXX!

    – Desirée Glanville

  • PS: There’s HOPE:
    In vitro meat, also known as cultured meat, is animal flesh that has never been part of a complete, living animal. Several current research projects are growing in vitro meat experimentally, although no meat has yet been produced for public consumption.1 The first generation products will most likely be minced meat, and a long-term goal is to grow fully developed muscle tissue. Potentially, any animal’s muscle tissue could be grown through the in vitro process.

    A few scientists claim that this technology is ready for commercial use and simply needs a company to back it.2 Cultured meat is currently prohibitively expensive,1 but it is anticipated that the cost could be reduced to about twice as expensive as conventionally produced chicken.34

    In vitro meat should not be confused with imitation meat, which is vegetarian food product produced from vegetable protein, usually from soy or gluten. The terms “synthetic meat” and “artificial meat” may refer to either. In vitro meat has also been described, somewhat derisively, as “laboratory-grown” meat.

    – Desirée Glanville

  • Pagly4u
    Pagly4uabout 4 years ago

    Love this image……very Beautiful…and sorry I also Love Beef…Hugs…

  • Thank you much!!! I don’t love beef and I don;t love global climate change, but I DO LOVE Cows!!! :) Hugs right back @ U!!! :)

    – Desirée Glanville

    JUSTARTabout 4 years ago

    fab work

  • thanxxxxxx!

    – Desirée Glanville

  • Terrapanthera
    Terrapantheraabout 4 years ago

    I looooooooooooooooooooooove it! Being a Taurus, I just might order one of these t-shirts ….. :-))))))

  • Taurean sister!!! I might customize one for you!!! :) Hou van je!! Ik moet zo werken! :(

    – Desirée Glanville

  • Rainy
    Rainyabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • AngelinaLucia10
    AngelinaLucia10about 4 years ago

    Beautiful work!!

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1about 4 years ago

    So Awesome!!

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