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Animal Agriculture Causes Climate Change

Worldwatch Report, 2004

Is Meat Sustainable? 2004

Fight Global Warming with Your Knife and Fork 2004

FAO Report, 2006

Livestock impacts on the environment 2006 A new report from FAO says livestock production is one of the major causes of the world's most pressing environmental problems, including global warming, land degradation, air and water pollution, and loss of biodiversity. Using a methodology that considers the entire commodity chain, it estimates that livestock are responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, a bigger share than that of transport.

UN Report Says Animal Agriculture is Largest Source of Greenhouse Gases

In 2006, the UN Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) issued a report titled Livestock’s Long Shadow. It said that animal agriculture has a larger effect on the climate than any other industry. Transportation had previously been assumed to be the largest source of greenhouse gases. FAO scientists estimated that animal agriculture generates 18% of greenhouse gases (GHG).

Livestock a major threat to environment | FAO Newsroom impacts on the environment | FAO Magazine

Bacteria in the intestines of farmed animals digest fiber, and produce methane.

Methane as a Greenhouse Gas

Chair of Intergovermental Panel on Climate Change Says Eat Less Meat to Stop Climate CHange

In 2008, Rajendra Pachauri PhD, chair of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, said if people eat meatless meals one day a week, it will have a larger impact on climate change than reducing car travel.

He said in a 2014 interview, "I gave up eating meat about fifteen or sixteen years ago largely because of what I saw as the environmental and climate change implications."

Rajendra Pachauri is an environmental scientist, head of The Energy and Resources Institute (an international think tank), and is Chancellor of TERI University (a sustainability university).

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