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Support the Kyoto Treaty

Last week, the Kyoto Treaty on Global Warming went into effect, marking the first time the world (with the notable exception of the U.S.) united to address the greatest natural disaster since the last glacial period. The treaty reduces global emissions of carbon dioxide, methane and other gases that trap the sun’s heat, melting the glaciers and flooding coastal cities throughout the world. This week, U.S. government scientists confirmed a definite rise in the temperature of ocean waters, the driving force behind global climate changes.

Despite our administration’s boycott of the treaty, each of us should do our share to minimize emissions of these gases by limiting the use of fossil fuels in our cars, our homes and our diets.

Yes, our diets. According to Cornell University Professor David Pimentel, production of animal-based foods accounts for 8 percent of the national consumption of fossil fuels – nearly as much as driving our cars. It requires nearly 10 times as much fuel as production of plant-based foods. The additional fuel is used to grow animal feed, to operate factory farms and slaughterhouses, and to process and refrigerate meat and dairy products.



We can show our support for the Kyoto Treaty and planetary survival each time we visit our supermarket.

Gerold Lawson




Grass Valley


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