Yes, eating meat affects the environment, but cows are not killing the climate
As the scale and impacts of climate change become increasingly alarming, meat is a popular target for action. Advocates urge the public to eat less meat to save the environment. Some activists have called for taxing meat to reduce consumption of it.
A key claim underlying these arguments holds that globally, meat production generates more greenhouse gases than the entire transportation sector. However, this claim is demonstrably wrong, as I will show. And its persistence has led to false assumptions about the linkage between meat and climate change.
My research focuses on ways in which animal agriculture affects air quality and climate change. In my view, there are many reasons for either choosing animal protein or opting for a vegetarian selection. However, foregoing meat and meat products is not the environmental panacea many would have us believe. And if taken to an extreme, it also could have harmful nutritional consequences.
Oil: Green deceit and a Trump defeat...did climate change cause Cyclone Idai?26.03.19
In Forests News last week: International Day of Forests: Two heads look to a future…Read more
How much do you REALLY know about water and forests?22.03.19
- Food Security
What better way to celebrate today's World Water Day and yesterday's International Day of Forests,…Read more
BOOK LAUNCH: Towards low-emission landscapes in Viet Nam21.03.19
For immediate release Bogor, Indonesia, 21 March 2019— A new book celebrates ten years of contr…Read more