as FAIRR, finds that the meat industry is jeopardizing the Paris climate agreement
by failing to properly report its emissions, despite being the single largest
contributor to climate change.
of the world’s biggest meat and fish companies provided no evidence that they
were measuring or reporting their emissions. One of the top companies examined was
U.S.-based Sanderson Farms, which slaughters more than 10 million chickens a
Agriculture and Trade Policy Europe, said:
It is clear that the
meat and dairy industries have remained out of public scrutiny in terms of
their significant climate impact. For this to change, these companies must be
held accountable for the emissions and they must have credible, independently
verifiable emissions reductions.
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. In fact, even without fossil fuels, we will exceed our 565-gigaton CO2e limit by 2030.
mind that a pound of beef requires 13 percent more fossil fuel
and 15 times more water to produce than a pound of soy.
and plant-based alternatives to meat, dairy, and eggs take a mere fraction of the resources to produce as
their animal-based counterparts.
planet—it also spares countless animals a lifetime of misery at factory
farms. Pigs, cows, chickens, and other farmed animals suffer
horribly. From birth to death, these innocent animals are caught in a
nightmare: crated and caged, cut and burned, and brutally killed.
climate agreement’s goals if we don’t change our eating habits. Join the
millions of people helping protect farmed animals and the planet by switching
to a vegan diet.