FAO warns on climate impacts of livestock

Nearly one-fifth of all climate altering gases are linked to booming sector, calculates UN agency

The global livestock industry produces 18% of all climate changing gases – a much higher figure than generally realised – the UN food and agriculture organisation (FAO) warned on Wednesday.  The agency reviewed the sector’s direct and indirect emissions, for example via deforestation for grazing.  "Urgent action is required," it said, in particular because global meat production is expected to double by 2050.  The study also highlighted the sector’s contribution to land degradation, water shortage and biodiversity loss.  See press release and full report.

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