Live­stock pro­duc­tion ma­jor cause of global warm­ing

The Maui News - - Opinion -

Amazed at the con­clu­sions of the July 2 writer of “Cat­tle so­lu­tion to pro­mote health of Maui ecosys­tem.” I looked at Wikipedia. The 2019 IPBES Global Assess­ment Report on Bio­di­ver­sity and Ecosys­tem Ser­vices found that in­dus­trial agri­cul­ture and over­fish­ing are the pri­mary driv­ers of the ex­tinc­tion cri­sis, with the meat and dairy in­dus­tries hav­ing a sub­stan­tial im­pact.

The 2006 report “Live­stock’s Long Shadow,” re­leased by the Food and Agri­cul­ture Or­ga­ni­za­tion of the United Na­tions, states that “the live­stock sec­tor is a ma­jor stres­sor on many ecosys­tems and on the planet as a whole. Glob­ally, it is one of the largest sources of green­house gases, and one of the lead­ing causal fac­tors in the loss of bio­di­ver­sity, and in de­vel­oped and emerg­ing coun­tries it is per­haps the lead­ing source of wa­ter pol­lu­tion.”

On Aug. 8, the In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Panel on Cli­mate Change, the United Na­tions body for as­sess­ing the science re­lated to cli­mate change, re­leased a sum­mary of the 2019 spe­cial report, which as­serted that a shift to­ward plant-based di­ets would help to mit­i­gate and adapt to cli­mate change.

Ac­cord­ing to a 2018 study in the journal Na­ture, a sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion in meat con­sump­tion will be “es­sen­tial” to mit­i­gate cli­mate change.

In Novem­ber 2017, 15,364 world sci­en­tists signed a “Warn­ing to Hu­man­ity” call­ing for, among other things, dras­ti­cally di­min­ish­ing our per capita con­sump­tion of meat.

Live­stock pro­duc­tion is a ma­jor cause of global warm­ing. Also, con­sider the peo­ple work­ing in­side those meat-pro­cess­ing plants, which are now hot spots for spread­ing COVID19.

Re­nee Riley


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