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Meat industry: the great forgotten of the Paris Agreement

Barcelona, Spain Science & Environment April 2 @ 7:18pm

First countries to publish their climate action plans, don't assume the serious environmental consequences of meat consumption.

The biggest challenge facing humanity in the 21st century is to curb global warming by mitigating the emission of the major gases that increase it. The main action against this threat is the Paris Agreement, a covenant signed by 195 countries, with the primary objective of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels. Required actions to fulfill the commitments of the agreement will be managed autonomously by each country.

Meat industry is one of the sectors that contributes most to climate change. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), meat production emits more greenhouse gases than all global transport together (14.5% of total emissions). A more recent publication, the Livestock and Climate Change of Goodland and Anhang, concludes that worldwide cattle and their by-products emit 51% of total greenhouse gases.
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