Study suggests meat and dairy industry on track to surpass oil companies as biggest greenhouse gas emitters

July 20, 2018 by Bob Yirka, Phys.org report
Estimated global greenhouse gas emission (GHG) targets to keep within a 1.5°C rise in temperature compared to emissions from global meat and dairy production based on business-as-usual growth projections. Credit: Emissions impossible

Researchers at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and GRAIN have released a report titled "Emissions impossible – How big meat and dairy are heating up the planet." The report is a discussion regarding an analysis the groups did on the impact the meat and dairy industries have on global warming. One of their major findings is that large meat and dairy corporations are set to overtake large oil companies as the largest emitters of greenhouse gases. In the report, the researchers also suggest that it is time to expand the field of corporations that get the major share of attention surrounding global warming. They make the case that that meat and dairy producers have flown under the radar for years, and that now, the time has come to include them.

Researchers for the two groups report that they conducted an extensive review of production numbers released by the largest and and used those numbers to calculate greenhouse gas emissions. They note that very few of the largest meat and dairy corporations offer emissions data and that those that do fail to include data regarding the supply chain. They suggest further that the supply chain in the industry typically accounts for up to 80 percent of greenhouse gas emissions—it typically includes emissions from activities related to growing crops as well as methane emitted directly from livestock.

The researchers also report that a very large share of meat and dairy production occurs in just a few regions: Argentina, Brazil, the U.S., the European Union, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. They also claim that five of the biggest meat and dairy corporations are already responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than BP, ExxonMobil or Shell. They further claim that their analysis of the industry showed that approximately 80 percent of the global allowable greenhouse gas emissions budget would be taken up by just the meat and dairy industry by 2050, if production is not reduced.

The researchers conclude their report by suggesting that soon there will be no choice—if we are to curb to meet targets set by agreed upon protocols, meat and production will have to be greatly reduced.

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szore88
1 / 5 (3) Jul 20, 2018
Plant food!
antigoracle
1.4 / 5 (9) Jul 20, 2018
LMAO. I wonder how many of those Chicken Little jackasses will give up these foods? Oh wait...not one of them can answer the question -- When and how they stopped burning fossil fuels. Just imagine, they believe that CO2 is destroying the world, yet they continue to spew it into the atmosphere. And, then think, by braying at and blaming the heretics, they are saving the world.
BackBurner
3 / 5 (2) Jul 20, 2018
Someone needs to tell these morons about buffalo.
tblakely1357
1 / 5 (5) Jul 20, 2018
Isn't it strange that most of the things that the environmental nags want to get rid of or change makes living more unpleasant and joyless?
luke_w_bradley
3.4 / 5 (5) Jul 20, 2018
Isn't it strange that most of the things that the environmental nags want to get rid of or change makes living more unpleasant and joyless?

It's only joyless because we're so invested in the status quo. Try finding a good Falafel vs a good burger.
Beethoven
2.6 / 5 (5) Jul 21, 2018
Sorry the best Falafel in the universe will never be as good as a burger
granville583762
5 / 5 (3) Jul 21, 2018
It's the new age fresh air food diet fad, Trump laying the ground work for a beef tax, milk tax, grain tax, sugar tax he'll have every one eating out his hand literally, it contains sufficient fresh air for everyone!
humy
4.3 / 5 (6) Jul 21, 2018
..Trump laying the ground work for a beef tax,..
granville

Being the total moron he is, Trump is much more likely to massively subsidize beef, nuclear and fossil fuels while massively tax all renewable energy to force dirty energy down our throats. Would that make you happy?
antialias_physorg
4.7 / 5 (12) Jul 21, 2018
Isn't it strange that most of the things that the environmental nags want to get rid of or change makes living more unpleasant and joyless?

I dunno. Clean air seems more joyful. Less cause for international conflict due to reliance on limited resources seem joyful. EVs are certainly a joy to drive (and good for your wallet, too). Not paying a lot of money down the road to mitigate against climate change (having to bail out farmers, shore up dams, evacuate cities...who do you think is going to pay for that? The tooth fairy?)...that seems joyful for my wallet, too,

And people are working on getting meat without bother of having to raise animals. So unless you absolutely need meat that comes from something that was killed - where's the issue?
TheGhostofOtto1923
3.7 / 5 (6) Jul 21, 2018
I dunno. Shouldn't it read "projected success in reducing oil-related emissions drops them below those from meat and dairy"?

Explain how reducing a problem is actually creating one.

Look at the chart. This is like fake news right in your face. This is how easily misdirected people are.
granville583762
2.3 / 5 (9) Jul 21, 2018
Sir Isaac's Newton's angular momentum alternative energy source
granville583762> Trump laying the ground work for a beef tax

Humy> Granville Being the total moron he is Trump is much more likely to massively subsidize beef nuclear and fossil fuels while massively tax all renewable energy to force dirty energy down our throats Would that make you happy

An alternative to energy sources is Sir Isaac's Newton's inertial quantum acceleration is mechanical and self contained conserving Newton's third in angular acceleration momentum, which has been discussed on these boards at great length is the alternative, so I don't mind.
Sir Isaac's Newton's alternative enables you to see the whole picture - hydro-electric, tidal, solar, wind, fission and fusion as the passing fads they, there short term.
When my full score years and 10 are up and I come back reborn at some future date we will be benefiting from Sir Isaac's Newton's inertial quantum acceleration energy source
humy
5 / 5 (9) Jul 21, 2018
from Sir Isaac's Newton's inertial quantum acceleration energy source
granville

Err, there is no such thing as "Newton's inertial quantum acceleration energy" and Isaac Newton didn't know quantum machanics let alone discover it because that came much later from the likes of Neil Bohr.
Also, Isaac's Newton had very little directly to do with renewable energy and wouldn't even have been familiar with the word 'renewable' let alone promote it in particular. Those energy and pollution issues came much later.
And yet you criticize his physics because you think it is all about promoting renewable energy?
Wow this really shows you don't know the first thing about Isaac's Newton's physics or any other.
It is just idiotic to criticize something you know nothing about.
granville583762
2.3 / 5 (9) Jul 21, 2018
Are you interested and inquisitive I cannot help you because I cannot get past your Doctrine
there is no such thing as "Newton's inertial quantum acceleration energy" Isaac Newton didn't know quantum mechanics let alone discover it because that came much later from the likes of Neil Bohr Also, Isaac's Newton had very little directly to do with renewable energy and wouldn't even have been familiar with the word renewable let alone promote it in particular Those energy and pollution issues came much later yet you criticize his physics because you think it is all about promoting renewable energy Wow this really shows you don't know the first thing about Isaac's Newton's physics or any other It is just idiotic to criticize something you know nothing about

I can with long discussions with many spelling mistakes and infuriating contradictions along the way as my quote of your assessment of your initial opinion of my conclusion of what is possible in Newton's laws indicates
granville583762
2.3 / 5 (9) Jul 21, 2018
Initial approaches are the most important

Humy the statement "Are you interested and inquisitive I cannot help you because I cannot get past your Doctrine" encapsulates any discussion that interests you as you comment clearly indicates the playing field of discussion is already set in the Rock of Ages

As much as I want to discuss this with you, my recent previous experience with "Light is not affected by the speed of the Emitter" clearly demonstrates it is not a practical proposition to even attempt to discuss what is possible in Newton's laws of motion.

I'm sorry I can't help you, may be if you change your initial approach sometime in the future to a more inquisitive nature it may be possible

My kindest regards Humy
humy
5 / 5 (8) Jul 21, 2018
Are you interested and inquisitive
granville

Yes. Please Please tell me here what, according to you, is this "Newton's inertial quantum acceleration energy" you mentioned here that apparently only you alone have ever heard of in physics and certainly no physicist? How does it work? Is it energy from a machine? How does that connect or relate "Newton" with "quantum" when Newton wasn't the one who discovered quantum physics because that was discovered much later? Have you got any web links for that one? I definitely want to hear from you about this one. I want to learn what it is you believe as this is always fascinating.
Ojorf
4.1 / 5 (9) Jul 21, 2018
Boy, do I want to hear about "Sir Isaac's Newton's inertial quantum acceleration energy source"!
I really do, tell me more also granville583762.
The antici-p-p-p-p-p-p-p-p-p-p-ation!
granville583762
2.7 / 5 (7) Jul 21, 2018
Are you interested and inquisitive?
Humy> granville Yes Please tell me "Newton's inertial quantum acceleration energy" I definitely want to hear from you about this one

A good start, clearly indicating an inquisitive nature Humy, inquisitiveness does not fade with time ideas start in those distant days that are never returning in others words 40, 50 odd years ago they have the rock of ages air about them, as it is simplicity its self and mathematically even simpler the first step is morphing into the idea as though it is your own idea because you have to sleep on it as each step comes to you in the morning – when you look at it as your idea you won't instantly dismiss it
This is the stumbling block in your philosophy of discussion Humy, it prevents you from seeing each step because you will not say quantum is not Newton then go into dismissal mode and there you are Humy, I've started telling you how it works can you correlate quantum and Newton
granville583762
2.5 / 5 (8) Jul 21, 2018
Humy you have hit your first brick wall in your quest to find out more, how are you going to get past Ojorf?
You cannot accept any ideas if you want to keep receiving five stars from the Clan, it is a tribal Scottish cultural inheritance
Old_C_Code
1 / 5 (2) Jul 21, 2018
Life on Earth is Hell. If man can make it a little less so for himself, good for him.
Whart1984
Jul 21, 2018
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Maggnus
3.7 / 5 (3) Jul 22, 2018
Sorry the best Falafel in the universe will never be as good as a burger

Then you have never had a really good falafel.
Gigel
5 / 5 (3) Jul 23, 2018
Sorry the best Falafel in the universe will never be as good as a burger

I ate once a McD burger and I wouldn't say "good" described it. I never ate another one of those.
NoStrings
not rated yet Jul 23, 2018
Better that, than methane from vegetarian farts.
Seriously, it is not a problem. It is a symptom of a problem. Guess, what is the problem.
antialias_physorg
3 / 5 (2) Jul 23, 2018
Neil Bohr.

Niels Bohr (the guy was Danish)

Everything else you said is correct. carry on.
Whart1984
Jul 24, 2018
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