30 November, 2022


Reduction Of Meat Consumption For Climate Change Mitigation

By Zahrah Rizwan –

Zahrah Rizwan

Zahrah Rizwan

The specialty of the 22nd of April 2016 lies not simply in the fact that it is the Earth Day, but also because leaders from over 170 countries will officially sign the Paris Climate Agreement today. Going environmental friendly is consistently harped on as climate change is a burning issue at present. Though there is sufficient awareness created regarding animal cruelty issues in order to address environmental conservation there is sparse concern given to livestock in the context of global warming and climate change.

Meat Industry & GHG Emissions

Climate change is largely caused by carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide emissions, while raising animals for food is a significant contributor to these emissions. It is important to note that the environmental impact of the lifecycle and supply chain of animals raised for food, accounts for at least “51 percent of annual worldwide GHG emissions” according to a report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO).

Methane emissions are observed to be caused mostly due to natural digestive process of animals (enteric fermentation) and manure management in livestock operations. Nitrous oxide emissions are also associated with manure management as well as the application and deposition of manure, while carbon dioxide emissions from the livestock sector are related to “fossil fuel burning during production of fertilizer for feed production, the livestock production process, processing and transportation of refrigerated products.”

Consequently, animal agriculture is responsible for about 9 percent of human-caused carbon dioxide emissions, 37 percent of human induced methane and about 65 percent of human nitrous oxide emissions, globally.” Furthermore, livestock are a major source of deforestation, desertification, as well as the release of carbon from cultivated soils.

Dietary Change as Solution to Climate Change

A recent landmark report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found that dietary change can “substantially lower” emission, therefore it is imperative that initiatives be taken to reduce meat consumption as a means of promoting a healthier lifestyle while curbing environmental degradation. Studies state that “meat consumption would escalate to 75% by 2050, and China alone is expected to be eating 20m tonnes more of meat and dairy a year by 2020.” The growth of the human population, projected to be roughly 35 percent between 2006 and 2050, as anticipated by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) is a risk factor for climate change, as the livestock worldwide is expected to double, raising livestock-related GHG emissions. Effective strategies need to be implemented that involves replacing livestock products with better alternatives, rather than substituting one meat product with another that has a somewhat lower carbon footprint.

Restricting animal agriculture as a measure of eradicating animal cruelty not only a compelling cause for legislators and it is increased in importance when considering the livestock’s contribution to global warming. Hence let us advocate and anticipate protection of animals on this Earth Day, thereby ensuring a sustainable life for all lives on Earth.

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  • 5

    Only way to save the planet is to prevent cows farting.
    For a start let’s put a cork.

  • 3

    Each year 60 billion lives are taken to satisfy one’s palate. The facetious argument of protein need is advanced. When sea food is added several more billions have to be added. How many will sacrifice palate to mitigate climate change!?

    • 1

      And many trillions of plant life and animal life caused by deforestation for agriculture

      Path to progress has costs, when the human was just another species with their original life style things were better for the planet.
      There in lies a solution, however occasionally even nature is destructive and is unaffected by theories of morality.

  • 1

    Zahrah Rizwan

    RE: Reduction Of Meat Consumption For Climate Change Mitigation

    “The specialty of the 22nd of April 2016 lies not simply in the fact that it is the Earth Day, but also because leaders from over 170 countries will officially sign the Paris Climate Agreement today.”

    Thanks. It is going to be a problem for the very young and the generations yet to be born. However, there is not enough water to cover all the landmass, despite the claims in the Bible and the “Noah’s Ark”.

    How much worse it will get if we do not do something about releasing the trapped Carbon into the atmosphere as Carbon Dioxide?

    As National Geographic showed us in 2013, sea levels would rise by 216 feet if all the land ice on the planet were to melt. This would dramatically reshape the continents and drown many of the world’s major cities.


  • 1

    Ms Rizwan

    It used to be three-steaks-a-week for me, now it’s once a month. But I am happy to give that up too to save the planet.

    If WE all made the sacrifice, there will be NO bovines left on this island. What will it be like?

    No cows milk.

    No moo’ing

    No cow dung.

    A lot of frustrated bulls.

    Leather articles will be scarce.

    No stopping of traffic.

    The list is endless…

    Best of all, NO MORE SACRED COWS.


  • 0

    When meat is not eaten, cattle not killed, there will be a rise in their population. What is the impact of this increase.

    What about humans? How much methane do they produce?

  • 0

    If cows fart too much, stop eating meat would not stop cows farting!

    • 0


      it will because the reason why the cows are farting is because they have the animal sixth sense and are always thinking about the gruesome death that awaits them.If they know there is no painful end then they will stop farting.

      psycho’s idea of using a cork is also good,but then the cow cannot crap and we will be eating all that crap one day,but because it is vegetarian crap maybe it might taste okay.

  • 0

    what about good ole cannibalism.I know now it is no longer the fashionas we have become ‘civilized’.If we start eatin each other again the planet can be saved.

    Just an idea only.must keep all options open.

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