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Time to Eat the Dog #355954
10/26/09 04:12 PM
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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.


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Re: Time to Eat the Dog [Re: Short] #355972
10/26/09 06:14 PM
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We'll be watching the menu.

Re: Time to Eat the Dog [Re: elbert] #355976
10/26/09 06:44 PM
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Black dogs taste better...

Re: Time to Eat the Dog [Re: SP Daily] #355978
10/26/09 06:55 PM
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New cookbook "Wok Your Dog".


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Re: Time to Eat the Dog [Re: SP Daily] #355996
10/26/09 09:28 PM
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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-


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Re: Time to Eat the Dog [Re: Short] #356010
10/27/09 09:56 AM
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Old American Indian saying: "Dig deep, puppy in the bottom."


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Now that Pedro and the vet appear to be an item, better watch what comes on your pizza.


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