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Shocking Report Finds Meat Industry Could Jeopardize Paris Climate Agreement Goals

A new report from Farm Animal Investment Risk and Return, known
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.
The report concluded that about three-quarters
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
Shefali Sharma, director of the Institute for
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.

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. In fact, even without fossil fuels, we will exceed our 565-gigaton CO2e limit by 2030.
Furthermore, simply by avoiding animal products, we can cut our carbon footprints in half. Keep in
mind that a pound of beef requires 13 percent more fossil fuel
and 15 times more water to produce than a pound of soy.
There is no such thing as “sustainable meat,
and plant-based alternatives to meat, dairy, and eggs take a mere fraction of the resources to produce as
their animal-based counterparts.
But a vegan diet isn’t just good for the
planet—it also spares countless animals a lifetime of misery at factory
. 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.
We will never be able to achieve the Paris
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.
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