Animal Agriculture is Dominating Reason for Cliimate Change
Out of our total greenhouse gas emission, we consider transport, industries, treatment plants, sewage and so on as the biggest contributors to climate change, but they are not. The most dangerous greenhouse gas contributor is our consumption of meat.
According to the documentary ‘Cowspiracy’ animal agriculture is responsible for half of the global greenhouse emissions.
A report by The Guardian said that “A research, led by scientists at the Oxford Martin School, found that shifting to a mostly vegetarian diet, or even simply cutting down meat consumption to within accepted health guidelines, would make a large dent in greenhouse gases.
Adhering to health guidelines on meat consumption could cut global food-related emissions by nearly a third by 2050, the study found, while widespread adoption of a vegetarian diet would bring down emissions by 63%.”
The report also said that our food system was responsible for over a quarter of the greenhouse gas emissions, which in turn is a major driver of climate change.
Surprisingly, there is no plan by the United Nations to achieve that. Impact of animal agriculture, which includes meat and dairy products, on climate change is not limited to only one or two reports, but numerous researchers and scientists have come to this conclusion time and again.
Another report by Clatham House title ‘Livestock – Climate Change’s Forgotten Sector Global Public Opinion on Meat and Dairy Consumption’ aaid “The global livestock industry produces more greenhouse gas emissions than all cars, planes, trains and ships combined, but a worldwide survey by Ipsos MORI in the report finds twice as many people think transport is the biggest contributor to global warming.”
There are more than 1.5 billon cows on earth and each emits sixty five gallons of methane in a day.
What is methane?
Methane (CH4), a greenhouse gas traps 25 times more heat than carbon dioxide (CO2) in our atmosphere. To show how serious this is, you must consider that waste produced by one cow is equivalent to 160 people. And where does the waste go? In our water system which creates dead zones in them.
This is not limited to pollution of waterways and emission of more and more heat only, it’s also about deforestation being done to accommodate animals for meat and dairy production. To add to that, more than hundreds and thousands of species are getting extinct every year at a rate between 0.01 to 0.1, an unprecedented rate.
What can we do?
Firstly, make changes to our daily lives. Vegan diet is the best option. Generating awareness will definitely help, but all this must be done urgently and must be seriously followed.
We have to do it to protect our environment. Many have already started, what about you?