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Old 11-09-2007, 08:38 PM   #1
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How much do you think major breweries contribute to global warming? I know regulation of CO2 is coming in the future, and that brewing produces a lot of it. Does anyone have any exact numbers about the extent of CO2 produced by major breweries? I mean they have to be pumping out more than most factories right?


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hmm, do you think the amount of people on the earth exhale more co2 than breweries?

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Brewing is almost carbon-neutral. Most of the CO2 is from the fermentation process and barley absorbs CO2 while growing.

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hmm, do you think the amount of people on the earth exhale more co2 than breweries?
All the more reason for this.
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That reminds me of one of my favorite authors:

"Why do so many people talk about the extinction of the human race as if it was a bad thing?"

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No, because humans don't create CO2, we just filter it out and don't utilize it.
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I won't pretend to know what I'm talking about here but I'm betting that the effect of the production of CO2 by the worlds breweries is very minimal.
I would guess that the energy used to produce heat in a brewery would have more of an effect on the environment than the CO2 released from fermentation.

But then again- what do I know???

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Old 11-10-2007, 01:30 AM   #8
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id be more worried about people with 93 GMC Jimmy's with leaky gas tanks and no catalyct converters....

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Just found this:

http://shop.newbelgium.com/sustainability.php

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That is probably the most relevant post (including my own) to the OP.

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