Meat and dairy companies produce more greenhouse gases than oil giants


The lack of transparency of the main companies in the meat and dairy sector on their climate impact has been denounced again in a recent report. This one incriminates among others the five largest world producers in the world!

On Wednesday, July 18, 2018, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) and the NGO Grain jointly released a report overwhelming condemning the world’s five largest meat and dairy producers, namely Cargill, Tyson Foods, JBS, Fonterra and Dairy Farmers of America. These agribusiness giants would emit more greenhouse gases (GHGs) than multinational oil companies such as Shell or BP!

Moreover, the document explains not only that these companies have no intention of lowering their GHG emissions, but also that the world’s top 20 meat producers would emit twice as much GHG as a country like France. It should be noted that the report looked at the case of no less than 35 large companies in the sector.

According to Devlin Kuyer of the NGO Grain, the production of meat and dairy products in countries where these 35 companies are found must be drastically reduced. According to him, these giants counterbalance the efforts made in those countries to reduce GHG emissions.

However, the report recalls that by 2050, “global emissions should be reduced to 8 billion tonnes to limit the rise in temperature to 1.5 ° C.” On the other hand, if nothing is done and the trend continues at the current pace, the milk and meat sectors could represent about 80% of annual greenhouse gas emissions in three decades!

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In March 2018, Greenpeace estimated in a report titled Less but better that we would halve the average consumption of meat per capita to 16 kilos per year by 2050 (and 33 kilos for dairy products) to reach our climate goals. These recommendations were made to coincide with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) forecasting the need to limit the temperature rise to 2 ° C by 2100.

Shakes Gilles

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