By Amber Stacy<br />Which one do you think contributes more to global warming?<br />OR<br />Methane vs. Carbon Dioxide<br />
The Meat of the Matter is……<br />Methane (CH4) gas released by the livestock industry is more damaging to the environment ...
The Facts<br />According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), The American meat industry produces more than 60 mi...
So…What’s Your Point?<br />Climate change and global warming are very real problems which have lead to:<br />Rising temper...
I Know What You’re Thinking<br />While 18% doesn’t seem like much, keep this in mind…<br />According to the Environmental ...
What Are We Doing to Solve This Problem?<br />Some individuals choose to convert to a vegetarian or vegan diet<br />Scient...
Bring on the Nuts<br />The Cashew tree (Anacardium occidentale L.)<br />Related to the mango tree and the pistachio tree<b...
Nuts Really Do Come Out of the Woodwork<br />Cashew Trees produce both fruit (cashew apples) and nuts (cashews)<br />
Let Me See What’s Inside<br />Cashews – Not Shelled<br />Cashew – Inside View<br />
Did You Know…???<br />Cashew shell oil can become toxic<br />Toxic resin located on the outer shell coat (Urushiol), in ad...
OK…What Was I Talking About?<br />While there are other techniques to combat this global warming trend, I found this one t...
Sources:<br />Kohler, John. "Raw Cashew Nuts - Are They Really Raw?" 1998. Living Foods. 16 November 2008. <http://www.liv...
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  • This article is bunk. Climate change is natural and cyclical; methane is 21x potent than CO2 but infnitesimally smaller in concentation: methane = 1800 ppBILLION = 0.000.180%; against CO2 400 ppm = 0.082%. Furthermore, CO2 forcing for a doubling is logarithmic so going from 400 ppm to 800 ppm will increase temperature by about, 0.2 - 0.5ºC.
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Methane vs Carbon Dioxide

  1. 1. By Amber Stacy<br />Which one do you think contributes more to global warming?<br />OR<br />Methane vs. Carbon Dioxide<br />
  2. 2. The Meat of the Matter is……<br />Methane (CH4) gas released by the livestock industry is more damaging to the environment than the Carbon Dioxide (CO2) released by the transportation industry (Motavalli)<br />
  3. 3. The Facts<br />According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), The American meat industry produces more than 60 million tons of waste annually<br />= 5 tons for every U.S. citizen<br />130 x the volume of human waste<br />
  4. 4. So…What’s Your Point?<br />Climate change and global warming are very real problems which have lead to:<br />Rising temperatures<br />Rising sea levels<br />Melting ice caps<br />Shifting ocean currents<br />Changes in weather patterns<br />Livestock industry is a major player in global warming due to its release of methane<br />Responsible for 18% of the greenhouse gas, Methane (Steinfeld, et. al.)<br />
  5. 5. I Know What You’re Thinking<br />While 18% doesn’t seem like much, keep this in mind…<br />According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Methane is 21 x more potent than carbon dioxide<br />Methane's chemical lifetime in the atmosphere is approximately 12 years.<br />
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  7. 7. What Are We Doing to Solve This Problem?<br />Some individuals choose to convert to a vegetarian or vegan diet<br />Scientists say that adding cashew shell oil to cattle feed will reduce the methane gas they release by as much as 90% (Patton)<br />Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd (Japanese oil refiner) has already applied for a patent for this new feed additive <br />
  8. 8. Bring on the Nuts<br />The Cashew tree (Anacardium occidentale L.)<br />Related to the mango tree and the pistachio tree<br />Hearty and fast growing evergreen<br />Native to Brazil and Peru (South America)<br />Favorable Conditions: Hot & Humid<br />U.S. largest importer (Kohler)<br />
  9. 9. Nuts Really Do Come Out of the Woodwork<br />Cashew Trees produce both fruit (cashew apples) and nuts (cashews)<br />
  10. 10. Let Me See What’s Inside<br />Cashews – Not Shelled<br />Cashew – Inside View<br />
  11. 11. Did You Know…???<br />Cashew shell oil can become toxic<br />Toxic resin located on the outer shell coat (Urushiol), in addition to another toxic resin in one of the inner linings of the shell<br />If shell not removed properly, the cashew nut inside becomes exposed to the toxic resin<br />The oil extracted from the shell can also become toxic<br />Most companies have special tools and techniques to properly and safely remove the shells<br />
  12. 12. OK…What Was I Talking About?<br />While there are other techniques to combat this global warming trend, I found this one to be very interesting and I hope you did too! Ol’ Betsy sure did!<br />
  13. 13. Sources:<br />Kohler, John. "Raw Cashew Nuts - Are They Really Raw?" 1998. Living Foods. 16 November 2008. <http://www.livingfoods.com/articles/rawcashew.html>.<br />Motavalli, Jim. "The Meat of the Matter." The Environmental Magazine XIX.4 (July/August 2008): 26-33.<br />Patton, Jessica Rae. "Better Belching." The Environmental Magazine XIX.5 (September/October 2008): 24.<br />Steinfeld, Henning, et al. “Livestock's Long Shadow.” Environmental Issues and Opinions. Rome: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2006.<br />U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Methane. 19 October 2006. 16 November 2008. <http://www.epa.gov/methane/scientific.html>.<br />United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). "Agricultural Fact Book." 16 November 2008. <http://www.usda.gov/factbook/index.html>.<br />

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