The Independent newspaper (UK) reported in 2009 "Study claims meat creates half of all greenhouse gases". Some excerpts: "Livestock causes far more climate damage than first thought, says a new report… In a paper published by a respected US thinktank, the Worldwatch Institute, two World Bank environmental advisers claim that instead of 18 per cent of global emissions being caused by meat, the true figure is 51 per cent..." Reference: www.independent.co.uk/environm…
The Worldwatch Institute report is available as a free PDF at worldwatch.org/node/6294 – see the link for "Livestock and Climate Change".
From that page: "A widely cited 2006 report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Livestock’s Long Shadow, estimates that 18 percent of annual worldwide GHG emissions are attributable to cattle, buffalo, sheep, goats, camels, pigs, and poultry. But recent analysis by Goodland and Anhang finds that livestock and their byproducts actually account for at least 32.6 billion tons of carbon dioxide per year, or 51 percent of annual worldwide GHG emissions.”
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