If Europe Wants To Reach Its Climate Goals, It Has To Cut Meat Consumption By Half

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By Cooking Panda

The European Union has come to a harsh realization: It’s time to cut back on meat consumption. And they don’t just have to cut back, they have to half their beef and lamb consumption, in order to meet environmentally friendly climate goals.

All of the land that must be used to raise animals for food is land that could be used planting trees and other crops to replenish the environment. As it stands, animal waste accounts for much of the methane and nitrous oxide in the environment. The Food Policy study reports that in order to decrease greenhouse gas emissions by the 80% set goal, cutting meat consumption in half is “unavoidable.”

The plan was originally to look at the effect food waste has on our environmental woes, but halving that would account for only 1-3% of our problems, while changes in meat consumption would have a much larger effect. According to Food Navigator, livestock products (and even fish) are the most greenhouse gas intensive products accounting for about 75% of all food-related emissions. Looks like a major cut here would help the EU reach its optimistic 80% goal.

For all of  you meat eaters out  there, there is a bright side! Pork and poultry is still okay. The harmful emissions from these are reportedly about 10-20 times less than those of of beef and lamb.

So, let’s follow the EU’s example and work to help the environment by eating more chicken and pork barbeque! 

Sources: Food Navigator, Food Policy Study / Photo credit: Ezekiel Denny/Instagram

Tags: Beef, environmental concerns, European Union, Lamb, Mutton
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French Wine Producers Attack Spanish Wine Trucks

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By Cooking Panda

The wine war between Spain and France has intensified.

On April 4, approximately 150 French wine producers attacked five Spanish trucks at Le Boulou in southwestern France, about 10 miles from the Spanish border, as a protest against “unfair competition.”

During the assault, the equivalent of 90,000 bottles of wine were dumped into the streets as the French growers wrote “vin non conforme,” or “non-compliant wine” on the side of the tankers.

“If a French wine maker produced wine with Spanish rules, he simply wouldn’t be able to sell it,” said Frederic Rouanet, president of the Aude winemakers’ union. “Europe’s all very well, but with the same rules for all.”

The Spanish Federation of Freight Transportation accused French police of letting the protestors “act with impunity.” France’s top state representative of the region reported that he would investigate the accusations that fraudulent Spanish wine was entering France, as the incident occurred after reports stated that France is the primary importer of Spanish wine. 

In 2015, Italy produced 48.9 million hectoliters of wine, followed by 47.4 million hectoliters in France. In 2014, Spain was the world’s largest wine producer with 51 million hectoliters.

According to The Drinks Business, the Spanish government reported the occurrence to the European Commission as a violation of the terms of member states within the European Union.

“These incidents, which are occurring all too frequently, are grounds for concern for the Government of Spain, since they represent a flagrant violation of various basic principles of the European Union, such as the free movement of goods among Member States and other principles relating to property and the security of goods and people,” the statement said. “[..] Spain has already officially passed on its protest to the French authorities, and urges them to adopt all appropriate measures to guarantee, with absolute security, the free movement of people and goods, one of the basic principles of the European Union.”

Denis Pigouche, president of a Pyrenees-Orientales winemaker association, stated that the Spanish “have no place in France.” However, others said the protestors’ behavior is unjustified.

“I do not know all of the details of this incident, but winemakers have to accept competition – we are all in Europe,” said Olivier Casteja, of Chateau Doisy-Vedrines in Sauternes, as reported by Decanter.

Sources: The Telegraph, The Drinks Business, Foreign Policy, Decanter / Photo Credit: The Telegraph

Tags: European Union, French wine, Spanish wine, wine
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