The holiday season is officially upon us, and groups like Heifer International and OxFam are ramping up their “animal gifting” donation campaigns with a deluge of catalogs and emails encouraging people to “gift” farmed animals to food insecure families in developing countries. But animal agriculture is a leading contributor to climate change and food insecurity. Here’s why efforts to reduce global hunger should focus on sustainable plant-based approaches wherever possible.
Like me, you might be accustomed to seeing percentage figures on posters and elsewhere, indicating livestock’s share of greenhouse gas emissions. I’m not keen on quoting figures indicating livestock’s climate change impacts, unless I can try to explain them. Posters are not a great way to do that. One problem is that, while environmental processes are dynamic, the figures are often portrayed as if they’re set in stone. Another problem is that the figures depend on whichever factors have been taken into account, which can vary significantly from one report to another.
Animal agriculture is a major driver of climate change and food insecurity. Efforts to reduce hunger should focus on sustainable plant-based approaches wherever possible. Here’s why and how.
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handouts – videos – links 2017 Events… October 28 – Central Florida Veg Fest: FL (Sponsor/Speaker) October 15-18 ~ Animal Grantmakers Conference: OR (Moderator) October 2 ~ FARM: World Day for Farmed Animals: Global (Sponsor) September 7-10 ~ International Animal Rights Conference: Luxembourg (Sponsor/Speaker) September 2 ~ Compassion Over Killing: DC VegFest: DC (Sponsor/Exhibitor) August 26 […]
Top Killers “Diseases of affluence” linked diets heavy in animal-sourced foods are top killers in the U.S. and high-consuming populations around the world. Heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes cause the death of more than a million people a year in the U.S. alone. These conditions have been repeatedly linked with the consumption of meat […]
This page provides links to original publications, as well as breakdowns explaining how the livestock sector was calculated to contribute more than half of all human-caused greenhouse gases. Due to the overwhelming response to World Watch Magazine’s (WWM) November/December 2009 lead story “Livestock and Climate Change” (PDF), a follow-up Critical Comments and Responses was published in […]
Full LLS Report Livestock’s Long Shadow is the seminal 2006 FAO report emphasizing the connection between the livestock sector and climate change. See also: World Watch Magazine which in 2009 highlighted areas of undercounting in LLS, and asserted that livestock contribute 51% of human-caused GHGs in contrast to LLS’s 18%. Subsequent FAO 2013 report uses […]
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