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July 21, 2018 - GruntVegan


Meat and Dairy are heating up the planet, and jeopardizing the Paris Accord

Meat and Dairy are heating up the planet, and jeopardizing the Paris Accord

Greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from the world's Big Ag meat and dairy companies are on track to become world's biggest contributors to climate change.

A major new report from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and GRAIN analyzed the world’s 35 largest meat and dairy companies and concluded that they’re on track to surpass the oil industry as the world’s biggest polluters.

What is worse, is that most of these top 35 meat and dairy companies "either fail to report emissions entirely, or exclude their supply chain emissions, which account for 80-90 percent of emissions".

The report goes on to expose that these carnist industries are not only being secretive about their emissions data but that they have hardly set any targets to deal with their pollution. The report authors project that "if the meat and dairy industries continue down this dangerous path, the livestock sector could be responsible for a whopping 80 percent of the greenhouse gas budget by 2050".

As of 2018, the "five largest meat and dairy corporations combined (JBS, Tyson, Cargill, Dairy Farmers of America and Fonterra) are already responsible for more annual greenhouse gas emissions than ExxonMobil, Shell or BP". If you combine the emissions of the top 20 meat and dairy companies, it surpasses the emissions from entire nations, such as Germany, Canada, Australia or the United Kingdom.

Devlin Kuyek, a researcher at GRAIN, told The Independent:"There’s no other choice. Meat and dairy production in the countries where the top 35 companies dominate must be significantly reduced." 

A recent study from researchers at the University of Oxford, published in Science, goes one step further. They found that going 100% plant-based and eliminating the consumption of animal products could reduce your carbon footprint by up to 73 percent. The researchers also found that if everyone went vegan, global land use could be reduced by 75 percent. 

More than a decade ago, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) published the first global accounting of greenhouse emissions from meat and dairy, demonstrating global livestock’s role in exacerbating climate change.

They determined that raising animals for food produces more greenhouse gas emissions than all the cars, planes, and other forms of transportation combined. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, carbon dioxide emissions from raising farmed animals make up about 15 percent of global human-induced emissions, with beef and milk production as the leading culprits. 

The conclusion, is that greenhouse gas emissions from raising animals for food and the major companies worldwide at the helm of this industry is undermining the Paris climate agreement and the world's collective effort to stop global warming before we reach the tipping point.

Being vegan, and maintaining a plant-based diet is not only a big step toward helping cool a warming planet, it also saves billions of animal lives a year, and others that endure a lifetime of cruelty and misery.


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