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#355954 - 10/26/09 10:12 PM Time to Eat the Dog
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Did you know that a dog is more polluting than a SUV? New Zealand scientists Brenda and Robert Vale made this conclusion after extensive calculations. They wrote it down in their book "Time to Eat the Dog":

They calculated a medium dog eats 164 kilograms of meat and 95kg of cereals every year. It takes 43.3 square meters of land to produce 1kg of chicken a year. This means it takes 0.84 hectares to feed a dog.

Compare this with the footprint of a Toyota Land Cruiser, driven 10,000km a year, which uses 55.1 gigajoules (the energy used to build and fuel it). One hectare of land can produce 135 gigajoules a year, which means the vehicle's eco-footprint is 0.41ha – less than half of the dog's.

Cats have an eco-footprint of 0.15ha – slightly less than a Volkswagen Golf. Hamsters have a footprint of 0.014ha – keeping two of them is equivalent to owning a plasma TV.

Professor Vale says the title of the book is meant to shock, but the couple, who do not have a cat or dog, believe the reintroduction of non-carnivorous pets into urban areas would help slow down global warming.
Live and let live

#355972 - 10/27/09 12:14 AM Re: Time to Eat the Dog [Re: Short]
elbert Offline
We'll be watching the menu.
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#355976 - 10/27/09 12:44 AM Re: Time to Eat the Dog [Re: elbert]
SP Daily Offline
Black dogs taste better...

#355978 - 10/27/09 12:55 AM Re: Time to Eat the Dog [Re: SP Daily]
lovey and thurston Offline
New cookbook "Wok Your Dog".
R.B. Mernitz

#355996 - 10/27/09 03:28 AM Re: Time to Eat the Dog [Re: SP Daily]
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Originally Posted By: jesse
Black dogs taste better...

Actually Jesse, I think dogs are more like peanuts; the small ones are the tastiest! But then again they must be less polluting... decisions decisions -sigh-
Live and let live

#356010 - 10/27/09 03:56 PM Re: Time to Eat the Dog [Re: Short]
ScubaLdy Offline
Old American Indian saying: "Dig deep, puppy in the bottom."
Take only pictures leave only bubbles

#356114 - 10/28/09 03:52 AM Re: Time to Eat the Dog [Re: ScubaLdy]
Peter Jones Offline
Now that Pedro and the vet appear to be an item, better watch what comes on your pizza.


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