UN: DAIRY, BEEF USE RELEASES MORE GREENHOUSE GASES THAN OIL
EVEN though meat production is known to be a major contributor to climate change and environmental destruction, worldwide demand for meat continues to rise, said UN environment agency, UNEP, in a statement released on Thursday. According to the World Economic Forum, the beef and dairy industry is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the world’s biggest oil companies, with the combined emissions of the top meat and dairy companies exceeding those of highly industrialized nations such as Germany or the UK. Despite this fact, the global meat industry continues to grow, with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) predicting a 76 per cent in global meat consumption by 2050: More meat will be eaten than ever before in our history. This is bringing about a wide range of negative consequences for the planet: meat production contributes to the depletion of precious water resources — around 1,695 litres is needed to produce just one quarter-pounder burger — and according to the Yale School of Forestry, cattle ranching is the largest driver of deforestation in every Amazon nation, accounting for 80 percent of total clearance. Raising animals takes up about 80 percent of agricultural land, but only contributes to 18 percent of the world’s calories.