November 20, 2009
India Urges West To Stop Eating Beef
India's Environment Minister, Jairam Ramesh, on Thursday called on the rest of the world to avoid eating beef in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
"The single most important cause of (carbon) emissions is eating beef," said Ramesh, a vegetarian.
"My formula is stop eating beef. This would stop the emission of methane," he added.
Beef "leads to emission of methane which is 23 times more potent than carbon dioxide," he said.
India is known to consume less meat than in Western nations, but the majority of the Hindu people do not eat beef, because they believe the cow is sacred, and Muslims do not consume pork.
Ramesh said that people who do not eat beef are helping in an effort of "climate mitigation."
Ramesh cited a number of studies to support his claim, although the issue has been heavily debated for years.
Ramesh recently made headlines after he made comments in which he referred to a recent report and denied a link between climate change and the melting Himalayan glaciers.
"The health of Himalayan glaciers is poor," Ramesh said. "But according to the paper, the doomsday prediction of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Al Gore is also not correct. I want scientists to critique the report."
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