Evidence for animal agriculture's role in climate change.
- Animal agriculture is responsible for as much as 51% of man-made GHG emissions.
- Evidence for the negative impact of animal agriculture had been mounting for years.
- Deforestation removes carbon sinks as well as causes greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions when forests are burned to make room for grazing animals or growing feed for them.
- Reforestation that goes along with reduction in meat consumption would prevent the 2-degree rise in global temperatures considered the safe threshold.
- Growing prosperity citizens of BRIC countries, particularly China and India, are adopting a more western lifestyle, including rise in animal-based foods, putting further stresses on the climate.
- Greatly reducing, or better yet, eliminating animal products from our diet is the single best and more immediate thing we can do to fight climate change.
- Pasture raised animals is not the solution as they emit more GHGs due to their longer life spans and require vast amounts of land and water resources.
- Industrial animal agriculture is one of the largest polluters of land and fresh water resources.