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A new report, Meat Atlas 2021, shows that 20 milk and livestock companies produce more greenhouse gas emissions than Britain, France, or Germany, and the world’s five biggest meat and dairy companies emit the same volume of GhGs as fossil fuel giant, ExxonMobil. Worse, over 2,500 investment firms, banks, and pension funds have been giving these companies billions of dollars. Between 2015 and 2020, meat and dairy companies across the globe acquired $478 billion dollars.
Why This Matters: Livestock agriculture produces 14.5% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. By this point, it’s common knowledge that people in rich countries should eat less meat and dairy to lower their carbon footprint.
But this report shows that the meat industry is still growing — and it’s not slowing down any time soon. The report calculates that meat production could increase by 40 million metric tons by 2029, with 60% of this meat coming from the US, EU, China, and Brazil.
According to the report, three-quarters of all agricultural land is used to raise animals or crops for animal feed. “In Brazil alone, 175m hectares (about 432 million acres) is dedicated to raising cattle,” which is about the size of the “entire agricultural area of the European Union.”
But we also have to change the way we eat. Stanka Becheva, a food and agriculture campaigner working with Friends of the Earth, told the Guardian that even trendy alternative meat options are not enough: “This is all for profit and is not really addressing the fundamental issues we see in the current animal protein-centred food system that is having a devastating impact on climate, biodiversity and is actually harming people around the globe.”
Plant-based products are sweeping the nation, not just in households, but in America’s restaurants too. Marie Molde, a dietitian and trends analyst at the research firm Datassential, says that the plant-based Beyond Burger and Impossible Burger appear on 5% of the nation’s menus, and 71% of Americans have tried plant-based meat. Now, plant-based companies are […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has teamed up with a coalition of hotel companies and the consulting group, Greenview, to fight waste in the hospitality sector. Together, they’ve developed the Hotel Waste Measurement Methodology (HWMM), which will provide a standardized approach for the hotel industry to collect data and […]
Drought conditions are spreading worldwide, and agriculture will be the first to suffer from freshwater cuts and shortages. At the same time, global food demand is expected to rise by up to 98% by 2050. Thankfully, scientists in one of the world’s driest places may have a solution. The International Center of Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) is growing superfoods in the Dubai […]
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