And Chatham House, the preeminent establish think tank in the U.K., has just published “Livestock – Climate Change’s Forgotten Sector”, recognizing that:
- Consumption of meat and dairy produce is a major driver of climate change.
- Greenhouse gas emissions from the livestock sector are estimated to account for 14.5 per cent of the global total, more than direct emissions from the transport sector.
- Even with ambitious supply-side action to reduce the emissions intensity of livestock production, rising global demand for meat and dairy produce means emissions will continue to rise.
- Shifting global demand for meat and dairy produce is central to achieving climate goals.
- However, there is a striking paucity of efforts to reduce consumption of meat and dairy products.
- The data presented in this paper reveal a major awareness gap about livestock’s contribution to climate change.
- Climate change is not currently a primary consideration in food choices.