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.
December 14, 2012
The annual United Nations climate change talks ended last weekend without nearly enough ambition to stem the climate crisis.
October 1, 2012
HSI viajó al Valle de Perote en México para conocer el impacto nocivo de una granja de confinamiento intensivo sobre Fausto Limón, su familia y su comunidad.
October 1, 2012
HSI travelled to the Perote Valley in Mexico to assess the impact of an intensive confinement facility on Fausto Limón, his family and his community.
September 12, 2012
HSI representatives urged global leaders to consider animal welfare issues related to intensive animal agricultural practices in formulating policy solutions to the challenges of agriculture, food security and climate change.