How Big Meat Is Funding Climate Denial and Polluting the Planet

 

Molly Taft, Gizmodo

Apr 5, 2021

 

Move over, Big Oil, and make some room for Big Meat at the climate shame table. A new study shows agribusiness is a major source climate misinformation as well as carbon emissions.

 

The analysis, published last month in Climatic Change, looks at the PR moves behind some of the world’s largest producers of meat and dairy, comparing them to their emissions. Most shockingly, the analysis finds that all 10 of the top agriculture companies in the U.S. have contributed to efforts to downplay how agribusiness is linked to climate change.

 

“We’re trying to show how important thinking about the corporate actor is in this problem,” said Jennifer Jacquet, an associate professor of environmental studies at New York University and a coauthor of the paper. “These companies are not just influencing the geophysical processes, they’re influencing the social processes. This just hasn’t been as appreciated as it has been in other sectors, like fossil fuels.”

 

The United Nations estimates that animal agriculture accounts for more than 14% of global emissions. A seminal 2018 report, which this new analysis builds on, found that the world’s top 35 beef and dairy producers alone account for 15% of all those emissions. One of the gnarliest issues with animal agriculture is, of course, methane produced from cows...

 

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https://earther.gizmodo.com/how-big-meat-is-funding-climate-denial-and-polluting-th-1846620142

 

 

Once climate change deniers, the agriculture industry positions itself as part of the solution

 

Ignacio Calderon, Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

via Detroit Free Press - Apr 1, 2021

 

For decades, the U.S. agriculture industry had staunchly opposed measures to limit climate change.

 

Lobbying groups, such as the American Farm Bureau Federation, expressed skepticism that humans caused it. And companies, such as Tyson Foods and Smithfield Foods, have been fined millions for environmental violations.

 

But the industry in recent years has altered its stance on the issue. Riding a wave of shifting public opinion about the reality of climate change, it is staking out a new position as part of the climate solution.

 

Among the most visible signs of this about-face happened late last year when the Farm Bureau partnered with dozens of other groups, from agriculture organizations to environmental advocates, to announce a new initiative: the Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance. The group has proposed 40 new policies, including voluntary incentives and other tools for farmers to address a warming planet...

 

... Tyler Lobdell, a staff attorney at Food and Water Watch, said digesters aren't all they're cracked up to be because industrialized farms, where animals are confined in large numbers, produce too much manure to be sustainable.

 

“At best, digesters reduce a small amount of methane emissions,” he said. “It really is quintessential greenwashing.”

 

About 40-45% of Smithfield’s carbon footprint comes from manure management on farms, according to the company, which is the world’s largest pork producer. In 2017, Smithfield launched a renewables division to cut carbon and advance renewable energy...

 

... the National Cattlemen's Beef Association lobbied...

 

... the National Pork Producers Council has consistently opposed...

 

History of countering climate change action ...

 

Past violations, now fewer emissions ...

 

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https://www.freep.com/story/news/investigations/2021/04/01/agriculture-industry-changes-its-tune-climate-change/7053550002/