20 meat and dairy firms emit more greenhouse gas than Germany, Britain or France

Livestock companies with large emissions receive billions of dollars in funding, campaigners say


Sophie Kevany, The Guardian (UK)

7 Sep 2021


Twenty livestock companies are responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than either Germany, Britain or France – and are receiving billions of dollars in financial backing to do so, according to a new report by environmental campaigners.


Raising livestock contributes significantly to carbon emissions, with animal agriculture accounting for 14.5% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Scientific reports have found that rich countries need huge reductions in meat and dairy consumption to tackle the climate emergency.


Between 2015 and 2020, global meat and dairy companies received more than US$478bn in backing from 2,500 investment firms, banks, and pension funds, most of them based in North America or Europe, according to the Meat Atlas, which was compiled by Friends of the Earth and the European political foundation, Heinrich Böll Stiftung.


With that level of financial support, the report estimates that meat production could increase by a further 40m tonnes by 2029, to hit 366m tonnes of meat a year...


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Big meat, dairy firms' emissions top Germany's: report


France 24



Paris (AFP) The world's 20 biggest meat and dairy firms are responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than produced by the economies of Germany or Britain, a report said Tuesday.


The 'Meat Atlas' is an annual digest of scientific and official data on meat production and consumption, compiled by research NGO Heinrich-Boll-Stiftung foundation and Friends of the Earth Europe.


It calculates a hefty 932 million tonnes of CO2-equivalent emissions from major milk and meat companies, with Brazilian multinational JBS responsible for over a quarter of that.


Using the same metric, Germany's total emissions were just over 900 million tonnes, while France and Britain each emit closer to half that amount.


A UN report attributes 14.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions to livestock farming, and Tuesday's report finds demand for meat is on the rise.


It estimates 75 billion animals are slaughtered every year to produce 325 million tonnes of meat -- with the OECD predicting an increase of 40 million tonnes by 2029...






Why Won’t COP26 Take Animal Agriculture Seriously?

Animal agriculture is a huge contributor to climate change, so why hasn't COP26 put it front and center yet?


By Kat Smith, Live Kindly

Sep 6, 2021


On November 1, COP26, the United Nations’ annual climate change conference, will kick off in Glasgow. Over the course of 12 days, the conference will unite nations, businesses, and citizens alike to discuss one of the most urgent issues facing the planet: climate change.


In 2015 at COP21, the Paris Agreement—a commitment from countries across the globe to take action to limit global warming—was born. As part of the agreement, countries agreed that every five years they would come back with an updated plan reflecting how they will lower their carbon emissions. (Last year’s conference was canceled due to the global pandemic, so that’s now happening at this year’s conference.)


Several countries, including top contributors to global carbon emissions like the U.S. and China, have made commitments to drastically reduce emissions but truth be told, few world leaders have little decisive action to show for the planet six years after the Paris Agreement was signed. Bold statements have been made, sure. (Biden announced that the U.S. would halve its emissions by 2030.) Commitments have been made to pivot away from fossil fuels and lean into renewable energy and promote electric cars. But many of those promises are vague. And while countries fail to meet their emissions targets, the clock keeps ticking, the summers keep getting hotter, and storms continue to hit us with unprecedented severity.


World leaders and COP26 are missing the point: Animal agriculture needs to be central to all conversations concerning climate change. Its effects are already devastating parts of the world. Leaving this focus out, or ignoring it altogether, is not just an oversight, but deeply irresponsible.


This year’s conference appears to have left animal agriculture out of the conversation...


1.    Animal agriculture is a top contributor to greenhouse gas emissions ...


2.    Governments and corporations need to act, not just individuals ... 


3.    We should consider what kind of planet we’re leaving for future generations ...  


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