After studying the 35 largest meat and dairy companies, the researchers found that together, the top five alone are already responsible for more emissions than ExxonMobil, Shell or BP.
CHAS NEWKEY-BURDEN: ‘The meat and dairy industries kill 70bn animals every year – and a new report has found that they are on track to become the world’s biggest contributors to climate change. After studying the 35 largest meat and dairy companies, the researchers found that together, the top five alone are already responsible for more emissions than ExxonMobil, Shell or BP. The authors concluded that if these secretive industries are allowed to continue on their current destructive path, the livestock sector could be responsible for 80% of the allowable greenhouse gas budget by 2050, accelerating environmental catastrophe.
Eventually, a tipping point will come, and the planet will turn into a gigantic slaughterhouse. It won’t be just calves and piglets these industries are killing – it will be you, your children and the children they could have gone on to raise. Now the good news: we don’t need to wait for meat and dairy bosses to develop hitherto elusive consciences, nor for governments to develop the backbone to take us off this self-destructive path. There is a simple but significant contribution you can make right here, right now. Last month, a paper published in the journal Science found that adopting a vegan diet ‘has transformative potential’, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 6.6 billion metric tons (a 49% reduction)’. SOURCE…