Barbecue (alt.food.barbecue) Discuss barbecue and grilling--southern style "low and slow" smoking of ribs, shoulders and briskets, as well as direct heat grilling of everything from burgers to salmon to vegetables.

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Better watch what you eat - Only you can prevent global warming.
(Sheep burping causes global warming??? Unreal !!!!!!)
Someday the government may mandate exactly what we eat. Seems
impossible, but consider Sen. Waxman's "Cap & Trade" legislation and
you
know that anything can happen.
Bob-tx

From The Sunday TimesMay 24, 2009

Burping of the lambs blows roast off menuJonathan Leake, Environment
Editor
GIVE up lamb roasts and save the planet. Government advisers are
developing menus
to combat climate change by cutting out "high carbon" food such as
meat from
sheep, whose burping poses a serious threat to the environment.

Out will go kebabs, greenhouse tomatoes and alcohol. Instead, diners
will be
encouraged to consume more potatoes and seasonal vegetables, as well
as pork and
chicken, which generate fewer carbon emissions.

"Changing our lifestyles, including our diets, is going to be one of
the crucial elements
in cutting carbon emissions," said David Kennedy, chief executive of
the Committee
on Climate Change.

Kennedy has stopped eating his favourite doner kebabs because they
contain lamb.
A government-sponsored study into greenhouse gases found that
producing 2.2lb of
lamb released the equivalent of 37lb of carbon dioxide.

The problem is because sheep burp so much methane, a potent
greenhouse gas.
Cows are only slightly better behaved. The production of 2.2lb of
beef releases
methane equivalent to 35lb of CO2 Tomatoes, most of which are grown
in heated
glasshouses, are the most "carbon-intensive" vegetable, each 2.2lb
generating more
than 20lb of CO2 Potatoes, in contrast, release only about 1lb of
CO2 for each 2.2lb
of food. The figures are similar for most other native fruit and
vegetables.

"We are not saying that everyone should become vegetarian or give up
drinking but
moving towards less carbon intensive foods will reduce greenhouse
gas emissions
and improve health," said Kennedy.

The climate committee is analysing emissions from farming and will
suggest measures
to reduce them. However, it has concluded that people will have to
change their
habits.

Alcoholic drinks are another significant contributory factor, with
the growing and
processing of crops such as hops and malt into beer and whisky
helping to generate
1.5% of the nation's greenhouse gases.

The Carbon Trust, a government-funded firm, is working with food and
drink
companies to calculate the "carbon footprints" of products -
sometimes with
surprising results.

Coca-Cola, for example, generates only about half the greenhouse gas
emissions of
Innocent's "smoothies". Cadbury's chocolate generates about 4˝lb for
every 2.2lb
eaten - less than half that from theof CO2 same weight of chicken.



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