If David Attenborough can be trusted, and he bloody well can, then we are facing global destruction which got me thinking, is Homer right, i.e. is alcohol (beer in particular) the cause of and solution to all of life’s problems.
Is beer the cause of global warming?
10,000 years ago we left our low carbon, nomadic cave life, and began settling down to farm. Dr Solomon Katz believes we did this because we needed to grow grain to make the most important source of nutrition at the time, yes beer. Ask yourself the question…. If I were a nomadic cave man would I settled down to make beer? Dam straight you would have so given the theory seems logical it does appear that beer is the cause of our modern, high carbon, world.
Is beer bad for mother earth?
Sadly even in our modern world beer is not doing our planet too many favours, we use up a lot of water, energy and create mountains of waste. Carlsberg Group, one of the world’s largest brewery companies, worked with the Carbon Trust to measure their end-to-end footprint of packaged beer in 2020, 41% of a beer’s footprint was linked to packaging. Agriculture and processing only made up 25%, 13% for breweries, 12% for transport and 9% for refrigeration.
So... How do we save our planet?
Can we really save our planet by drinking beer?
A mature tree will absorb the carbon equivalent of about 88 local draft beers. A 20L keg only has 53 (375ml) beers and a 10L keg only 26 so the carbon equation is looking pretty good, especially given that trees absorb carbon for many years.
So yes, it seems that Homer is correct (like normal) and alcohol/beer really is part of the solution to global warming – especially if you drink draft from your local and plant trees.
So if someone looks at you sideways because you’ve come home with a keg or bunch of growlers for yourself let them know your favourite hobby hasn’t become a problem, a 10L keg is basically a case, and that ultimately you are just trying to save our planet, like a Beer-Venger!