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Climate Change Emergency: Eating Meat

"With emissions estimated at 7.1 gigatonnes CO2-eq per annum, representing 14.5 percent of human-induced GHG emissions, the livestock sector plays an important role in climate change. Beef and cattle milk production account for the majority of emissions, respectively contributing 41 and 20 percent of the sector’s emissions. While pig meat and poultry meat and eggs contribute respectively 9 percent and 8 percent to the sector’s emissions. The strong projected growth of this production will result in higher emission shares and volumes over time" (xii).

Gerber, Pierre, et al. Tackling Climate Change through Livestock: A Global Assessment of Emission and Mitigation Opportunities. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2013.