Today’s snow storm has closed New York schools and cancelled my scheduled lecture on Staten Island. This unexpected holiday gives me time to contemplate the latest challenge to marketers of chocolate candy: gas emissions from dairy cows.
Cadbury estimates that 60% of the carbon footprint created by its chocolate operations in the U.K. comes from dairy cows. The average cow, it says, gives off 80 to 120 kilograms of methane annually, an amount equivalent to that produced by driving a car for a year.
The remedy? Reduce cow burps. How? Cadbury is going to try feeding them more clover, more starch, and less fiber, and treating them better.
Will this work? If it does, will you buy more Cadbury chocolate?
Next public appearance
New Directions in the Fight Against Hunger and Malnutrition: A Festschrift in Honor of Per Pinstrup-Andersen. Cornell University, Statler Hotel Amphitheater. The conference begins at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast and ends with a reception the following day with remarks by professor Pinstrup-Andersen at 2:25 p.m. For the schedule and details, click here.
My joint contribution with Malden Nesheim is from 1:40-2:00 p.m. on “the internationalization of the obesity epidemic: the case of sugar-sweetened sodas.”