January 28, 2023

The one climate issue no one wants to talk about: the livestock industry

Livestock is responsible for 14.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. But a recent study published in the journal Sustainability argues that this figure is an underestimate, with the actual percentage ranging between 16.5% and 28%. Even taking the lowest 16.5 percent, this would mean that the livestock sector emits more greenhouse gases than the transport sector as a whole. And with the growth of human consumption of meat food, the emissions of animal husbandry are still increasing. In the 20 years to 2018, global meat consumption has grown by 58%. An analysis by Our World in Data argues that, on current trends, food production would exceed the global carbon budget by two to three times by 2100, even if all emissions from other sectors were eliminated. Among them, animal husbandry accounted for 57%. Returning pastures in the richest countries to wild ecosystems would fully offset 12 years of global carbon emissions. Livestock farming is the largest source of methane released by human activities. But when talking about climate issues, no one talks about reducing emissions from livestock farming, because that would involve a drastic change in the way we live, and not many people want to do that.

Ewen Eagle

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