Fake it ‘til you make it: faux meat and climate change

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If it tastes like a burger, and bleeds like a burger, it must be . . . plant-based protein? At least that’s the outcome fake-meat innovators like Impossible Burger are striving for: a meatless burger that captures the textures and flavors of meat to whet the appetite of even the staunchest carnivores. In fact, the fake meat industry’s approach…
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Land Use and Methane

As the COP negotiations increasingly look to agriculture, forestry, and other land uses as tools to mitigate and adapt to a changing climate, methanogenesis – the biological production of methane by single-celled organisms – must be taken into account. This methane production is very similar to fermentation, the process used to produce alcohol. In fermentation,…
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Methane, the other GHG

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Methane (CH4), the main component of natural gas, is the second most prevalent GHG emitted globally. It has a higher global warming potency but shorter shelf life: methane is more than 80 times more warming than carbon dioxide over 20 years.  While it usually gets second billing to CO2’s long term impacts and prevalence in the fossil fuel-based…
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