Raising enormous numbers of land animals for food—67.5 billion globally in 2008—causes significant emissions of three of the most important climate-changing gases, disrupting weather, temperature, and ecosystem health.
Animal agriculture generates approximately 18 percent of human-induced greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, according to a 2006 report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, including about 37 percent of global methane emissions and 65 percent of nitrous oxide emissions, which have over 20 and 300 times the global warming power of carbon dioxide, respectively.
Practically every stage of meat, egg, and dairy production contributes to the climate crisis by releasing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
HSI promotes transition away from industrial farm animal production to more sustainable—and welfare-friendly—forms of agriculture, as well as a reduction in the number of animals raised for food. You can help by adopting a diet that is more friendly to animals and the environment.
April 15, 2014
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change stated in its report on mitigation that changing our diets could help substantially lower emissions.
September 27, 2013
In light of a new report from the United Nations on the devastating impacts of raising tens of billions of animals for food, HSI again called for increased attention to animal welfare and ecological sustainability in agriculture and a worldwide reduction in meat consumption.
September 27, 2013
Organismo de la ONU Reafirma que la Agroindustria es uno de los Principales Responsables del Calentamiento Global
Tras la publicación de un nuevo reporte de la ONU sobre los efectos devastadores asociados a la cría de miles de millones de animales para la alimentación, HSI hace un nuevo llamado para prestar mayor atención al bienestar animal y a la sostenibilidad ecológica en la agricultura, así como para una reducción mundial en el consumo de carne.
December 14, 2012
The annual United Nations climate change talks ended last weekend without nearly enough ambition to stem the climate crisis.