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We Need to Talk About Meat Consumption and Climate Change – December 8, 2014

Government indifference is matched by widespread public ignorance about the climate impact of high levels of meat-eating

As negotiators in the Peruvian capital of Lima engage in the latest round of multinational talks aimed at finding ways of reducing global greenhouse gas emissions, one issue will be conspicuous in its absence — animal farming.

The rearing of livestock and meat consumption accounts for 14.5 percent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions – not to mention its relatively inefficient use of water, land and crops – yet few governments are willing to discuss options for reducing its impact.

Cows in an industrial feedlotPhoto by David OliverMeat and dairy production accounts for 14.5 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, yet most of us… more

by: Tom Levitt

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China Gobbles the World – March 24, 2014

Meat consumption is skyrocketing in China – and that's bad news for the environment

When the world’s biggest pork producer, Smithfield Foods, was bought by China’s largest pork company last year, early coverage provoked fears of putting US hogs in the hands of foreigners.

However, in time the deal may come to be seen as symptomatic of something much more troubling: the meatification of Asian diets and the spread of the environmental disaster that is American-style industrial farming.

Chinese pig farmerphoto by by ILRI, on FlickrChinese pig farmer.

The speed of the growth in meat consumption in China during the past three decades is staggering. While the amount of… more

by: Tom Levitt

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