Global climate change is an increasingly urgent issue. Our diets play a huge role in this. A widely cited 2006 report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Livestock's Long Shadow, estimated that 18% of annual worldwide GHG emissions are attributable to cattle, buffalo, sheep, goats, camels, pigs, and poultry.However, it’s actually even worse. Recent analysis finds that livestock and their byproducts account for at least 32.6 billion tons of carbon dioxide per year, or 51%of annual worldwide GHG emissions! Further discussion of this issue can be found here. What impact could dietary changes have on health and climate? A lot! Learn more from this short video. Here is the full report referred to in the video.
Here are some additional resources to help you learn more about the environmental consequences of consuming animal products.