DawnWatch: Glenn Beck follow-up — strong piece on meat and global warming 3/15/07

Saturday, March 17th, 2007

Note: the previous alert re: Glenn Beck is available here.

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Mar 16, 2007 7:09 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Glenn Beck follow-up — strong piece on meat and global warming 3/15/07

Yesterday, Thursday March 15, Glenn Beck again covered meat eating and global warming on his Real Story, inviting PETA’s Matt Prescott on for a follow-up. I send a huge thank you to all who thanked Beck for the first round. Viewer enthusiasm encourages follow-ups. The second segment on the issue was remarkable, offering information we rarely hear on TV.

Glenn Beck, who I would describe as a libertarian with conservative leanings, is a somewhat controversial figure. And many people find his glib manner off-putting. I received a couple of emails from people sorry to see DawnWatch mention him. That saddens me as the last thing I wish is for DawnWatch to offend anybody. The whole point of DawnWatch is to help spread a message of compassion as widely as possible. But DawnWatch is strictly non partisan. When Pat Buchanan put “Torture on the Farm,” about factory farming, on the cover of his magazine, I urged people to send appreciative letters. We are still waiting for a factory farming cover story from liberal bastions such as Mother Jones or The Nation, but when we see one, I will do what I can to encourage support. The animals desperately need attention from the full political and societal spectrum — they cannot afford to be aligned with only one area. I therefore do my best to make sure that DawnWatch does not appear to have any such alignments.

You can watch Glenn Beck’s Thursday, March 15, segment on meat eating and global warming on line here.

The transcript is on line here and I will paste the relevant portion below.

In it, Beck says how much he loves the taste of chicken and other animals, but he gives Prescott loads of space to discuss in detail the cruelty and the disastrous environmental impact of the modern meat industry. I hope many of you will send thanks in order to encourage similar guests in the future. Feedback makes a huge difference. Glenn Beck take comments at me [at] glennbeck.com and says that he reads all of them, though he cannot reply to each.

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DawnWatch: Glenn Beck and Atlantic Monthly cover meat and global warming 3/8/07

Monday, March 12th, 2007

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Mar 11, 2007 7:53 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Glenn Beck and Atlantic Monthly cover meat and global warming 3/8/07

Late last year the UN released a report about the contribution of livestock to global warming. Whereas Al Gore’s film, An Inconvenient Truth, didn’t even acknowledge the impact of livestock, most press that does acknowledge it doesn’t dare suggest that changing our eating habits would be a good way to affect global warning. The coverage in the March 2007 issue of the Atlantic Monthly magazine is fairy typical. The article reports:

“The Bovine Menace

“Forget SUVs and tractor-trailers—the world’s livestock play a larger role in global warming than all of our planes, trains, and automobiles combined, according to a report from the Livestock, Environment and Development Initiative (LEAD), an organization that promotes “ecologically sustainable livestock production systems.” Between the deforestation that’s necessary to create grazing lands, the fossil fuels required to manufacture fertilizer for the crops that feed the world’s growing livestock population, and the gases released by animal manure (and yes, animal flatulence as well), livestock are responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse-gas emissions worldwide. The good news: There are ways to reduce these emissions, including more efficient feed production, improved soil conservation, and a better diet for all those gassy cows. Given that the global production of meat and milk is on track to double by 2050, livestock’s current environmental impact would need to be cut
in half just to stay within the present level of damage to the global ecosystem.

—“Livestock’s Long Shadow,” Livestock, Environment and Development Initiative, H. Steinfeld et al.”

The article is on line at http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200703/primarysources and the Atlantic Monthly takes letters at http://www.theatlantic.com/letters/edlet.htm.

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