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FAO Underplays Impact of Livestock Industry Emissions – September 27, 2013

New report undercounts both risks and opportunities in food and forest

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) published a report yesterday that says the world should expect a 70 percent increase in livestock production by 2050. According to the report, “Tackling climate change through livestock: A global assessment of emissions and mitigation opportunities,” greenhouse gas emissions from the livestock sector is set to increase from the current 7.1 gigatons per year. Emissions would top out at 8.5 gigatons per year only if farmers cut emissions from livestock by 30 percent, through adoption of more efficient breeding and feeding practices.

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Hidden Cost of Hamburgers is Greater than Reported – August 27, 2012

How CIR's report on the environmental impact of meat consumption went wrong

 When the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) recently published a report on the hidden costs of meat, with a video and a transcript of its voice-over, readers and viewers had reason to believe that they could find in it some reliable information.

After all, CIR's report was supported by the Climate Desk, a collaborative effort among a number of media outlets that have worked to improve public awareness of climate change.

Indeed, if the world is to reverse climate change as needed, then it’s crucial that we get the facts right.  Unfortunately, CIR’s report made numerous mistakes. 

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