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Why this matters: Changing the food industry in the U.S. will be a key to tackling the climate challenge. Beef cattle produce about 3.7 percent of the United State’s total greenhouse gas emissions, and that counts their emissions from birth to slaughter, most of which come from belches. Reducing consumption is one way to cut emissions, but the industry needs to be creative to find other solutions — like this one. Moreover, the meatpacking industry needs to change and this model could provide the competition needed to bring that about.
COVID-19 Exacerbates the Problems of Unsustainable Meatpacking Plants
The COVID-19 pandemic is “ratchet[ing] up the pressure” to automate harvesting processes, Civil Eats reported. Alongside the rising cost of labor and the increasingly dangerous conditions caused by wildfires, more and more farmers are considering this move to automate their harvests with robots replacing up to half the farmworkers currently needed.
The World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) recent 2020 Living Planet Report exposed that the most important direct driver of species loss is land-use change, in particular, the conversation of pristine native habitats into agricultural systems. Which is why what people eat makes such a difference in stopping the degradation of nature. This is the focus of a […]
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