Pigs, Chicken, and Methane!

Hello everyone,

This would be a sequel to my previous post on Factory Farming, Methane Gas, and….. Air Pollution?? 

In the previous post, I’ve discussed about how cows emit a large amount of methane and how methane contributes to global warming. So, you may say now…Fine! I’ll stop eating beef! But I can still eat chicken and pork right? WRONG! Chicken and pigs do release methane in a huge amount. How? Their manure of course! Huge piles of manure is released and left to rot and this in return releases methane. Although methane released from manure is comparatively low, due to the growth of factory farming in a large scale, these methane emission eventually contributes a significant level to global warming.

Another way on how methane is emitted from pigs and chickens is the type of feed given. In this case, rice is the major source of feed that is responsible for the release of methane.  

Let’s look at the statistics now for pig supply chain. The amount of methane released from the rice feed is 3.5 % and from manure management is 19.2% . Please take note, that I ‘m currently discussing methane emission and not any other GHG (greenhouse gases) involved. There is another major greenhouse gas released which is Co2 or carbon dioxide which I will discuss in another post sometime soon.

 As for the chicken meat and egg supply chain, the amount of methane released from manure is 4.3 % in total. [source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations ]. Now you may ask, that does not seem to be too high in relative to cows. But cumulatively, the methane released from chicken manure yields 270 L/kg VS (volatile solids) which is considerably high (the units are measured by the feed amount).

In this post, I have described the amount of methane released by live stocks such as pigs and chickens. Looking at the statistics above, it is hoped that by now, people would be able to realize that the effects of eating meat is devastating indeed.

Today, I have recommended three books authored and illustrated by Ruby Roth for you to add in your collections.

Do click on the image to read more and purchase these books


That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals: A Book About Vegans, Vegetarians, and All Living Things

Looking at the cover, you might be able to guess that this particular book is for young readers. Well, you guessed it right! This book is targeting young readers from ages six to ten. Written and illustrated by Ruby Roth, this book features colorful illustrations of animals both in their natural environment and in the horrible conditions they live in factory farms. What made me attracted to this book is the fact that it conveys a beautiful message to kids in such a subtle manner. It also educates young kids to adopt the vegetarian and vegan lifestyle through a special section called “What Else Can We Do?” This book has received a rating of 4.5 out of 5 from 171 customer reviews. A good book to have in your collection.

V is for Vegan: The ABCs of Being Kind

This book is targeted for young kids aged three to seven, but in my opinion this is a good book worth reading for all age levels from parents, teachers and activists out there. A debatable subject presented with good humor with illustrations that are easy to understand. This book has received a rating of 4.5 out of 5 from 102 reviews. Do check it out by clicking on the image above.

Vegan is Love: Having Heart and Taking Action

This book contains beautiful illustrations and the main message is about how our choices in daily life impact the environment and animals on a global scale. This book also provides ways on how we could help protect the animals and environment by not going to zoos, circuses, not to buy products tested on animals and so on. Ruby Roth conveys a direct and sensitive message in a subtle manner that could be accepted by all age levels. By listing actions that kids could take themselves, this book fosters the message of putting love into action. Vegan is Love has received a rating of 4.5 out of 5 from 89 reviews. Do check it out by clicking on the image above.

To your success,

Dr. Veena

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