Greenhouse Gas From Farming Animals Shown To”Exceed The Planetary Boundary”

by | July 9, 2020

A United Nations (UN) report has revealed that greenhouse gas emissions from the animal agriculture industry now “exceed the planetary boundary.”

The UN has warned that exceeding the planetary boundary can pose a serious threat to the environment and human life.

The report explains that people around the globe need to cut back on meat and dairy to lower nitrogen emissions — which are fuelling the climate crisis.

“Urgently Requires A Global Initiative”

“Given the magnitude of its impacts and its central role in both domestic and international nitrogen challenges, the livestock sector urgently requires a global initiative to tackle nitrogen pollution while supporting food security,” states the report.

“Technical solutions and good practices, however, may not be sufficient to reduce impacts to acceptable levels.”

Figures show that the animal agriculture industry is responsible for approximately 65 trillion grams of nitrogen every year — which is equal to one third of all nitrogen emissions caused by humans.

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Nitrogen pollution is contributing to the climate crisis (FloridaStock/Shutterstock.com)

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The majority of greenhouse gas emissions from livestock have been shown to come from producing food for the animals, as well as manure management systems.

“Significant Impacts”

“Livestock supply chains are a major source of nitrogen emissions,” reads the report, “with significant impacts on pollution, climate change and biodiversity losses.”

The UN has stated that the amount of nitrogen in the atmosphere must be reduced to around a quarter of current levels.

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