What causes 14.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions? The animal husbandry sector. According to a new report from animal rights activists, 20 livestock farms contribute more emissions than the UK, France or Germany. And the governments subsidize them for it.
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According to Meat Atlas, around 2,500 banks, pension funds and investment firms funded global meat and dairy companies with $ 478 billion between 2015 and 2020. And the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development predicts that meat production will increase another 40 million tons per year through 2029. China, Brazil, the United States, and some EU members produce most of the meat. But low-income developing countries are trying to get their piece of the shepherd’s pie. Poultry grows particularly quickly. Experts estimate that by 2030 it will make up 41% of all meat protein worldwide.
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Food and agriculture activist Stanka Becheva, who works with Friends of the Earth, said, “We need to start reducing the number of farm animals on the planet and stimulating different consumption models,” as reported in The Guardian. The rules for the meat industry also need to be tightened “to ensure that companies pay for the damage they have caused throughout the supply chain and to minimize further damage”. Banks and investors who fund large and intensive projects to produce more animal protein are also a problem.
Paolo Patruno, Deputy Secretary General of the European Association for the Meat Processing Industry, minimized such an important role in emissions. “We don’t believe that any food sector is more or less sustainable than another. But there are more or less sustainable ways to produce plant or animal foods and we are committed to making animal protein production more sustainable, ”said Patruno, according to The Guardian. “We also know that average GHG [greenhouse gas] Livestock emissions in the EU are half the global average. The global average is around 14% and the EU average is 7%. “
Meanwhile, the National Farmers’ Union in England and Wales is aiming for net zero emissions by 2040.
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