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I saw the movie "Cowspiracy" which claims that Animal Agriculture is the largest contributor to climate change -- it contributes 51% of all greenhouse gas emissions. I checked this after the movie and the UN FAO lists it at 11%, but a third party, "World Watch" recalculates it to 51 based on respiration and other factors. I judge the evidence overall to support the treatise that animal ag is unsustainable, but isn't respiration carbon neutral - feed plants store CO2 equal to what cows expel? -PH
climateadaptation climateadaptation Said:

Hi playitbackward,

First, I’m into adaptation - not carbon or emissions nuttery. I help governments reduce risks by changing environmental and development policies. Adaptation is the process of reducing impacts from climate change. It’s basically preventing natural disasters using climate science. Read a short summary here.

That said, the movie is clearly misleading and propagandist (thus the title). It’s not difficult to find the correct sources of information on sources of emissions, primarily of which is the IPCC’s Fifth climate assessment report on mitigation: Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change.



The dried cocoa beans are used by the whites to make this," declared a happy farmer of cocoa beans in Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast).

Here, cocoa farmers in Africa taste chocolate for the first time in their lives. They’ve been growing and selling cocoa beans for decades, and didn’t know what the beans were used for. So says this video.

UPDATE: Here are some folks in Holland encountering a cocoa pod for the first time. They are equally stumped what the pod is. Quite funny…

Trying out EXO cricket flour granola bars. Tastes great - like dates and nuts. A bit malty, slightly grainy (but just a little). They’re not to sweet, and seem like normal, very healthy granola bars. The claims on the card seem misleading with respect to how much beef is actually consumed -and will continue to be consumed- in the world. They’re made in Brooklyn, NY and are quite expensive; I picked up 12 bars from EXO’s website for I think 32 bucks.

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture developing a Climate Super Chicken to withstand higher temperatures. Via Bloomberg

Research study summary, USDA Adapting animal production to climate change.

Why don’t we eat bugs? Check out these amazing facts about insects and why they may be the future of food.

If this was the only thing on earth to survive, then what’s the point of living?" a sommelier from the NYTimes who taste-tested Soylent, a food replacement drink.

"We are afraid," said Eric Duchene, a research scientist with the French National Institute for Agricultural Research. "Everywhere in the world there is a kind of optimum temperature for grape growing, and after a certain level, everywhere in the world you have a decrease in quality."

Just back from Kazakhstan. It was a very dangerous -30c (-22f below zero). We (USAID) and the UNDP run a Climate Resilient Wheat program(PDF) for the KZ government. Here are some non-work pics…:)

Chocolate chip cookie shots. via

Interesting argument against governments protecting urban zones over food-production zones. Coastal communities and inland cities are protected from floods and erosion by highly complex infrastructure mechanisms, such as dams, levees, and piping. Agricultural lands do not enjoy the same levels of infrastructural capacity. But, should they? Should farms have an equal amount of protection as cities do?