Researchers at the University of California-Davis in the USA conducted a study to discover why tropospheric, or ground ozone levels are as high in California’s rural central valley region as they are in densely populated cities.
To find this source of ozone, which is normally associated with vehicles and industry as the world’s third-most prevalent greenhouse gas, the researchers in this rural area analyzed emissions from seven different types of livestock feed. They concluded that not only is fermented animal feed generating the harmful ozone gases, it is doing so at regional levels higher than those emitted by cars.
With related research finding that tropospheric ozone levels are increased in the presence of methane, whose single largest human source is livestock, scientists have noted that reducing meat consumption would decrease these detrimental ozone levels, while naturally removing fermented feed as a source as well.
Our appreciation, University of California-Davis scientists, for helping further clarify the key role of the livestock industry in global warming. May such findings awaken many to the eco-importance of adopting the humane and conscientious plant-based diet.
During an interview published in the July 12, 2009 edition of the Irish Sunday Independent, Supreme Master Ching Hai, as on several previous occasions, spoke of the meat industry’s grave tolls while offering the quickest, most effective a solution to global warming.