UN: Meat consumption is fueling global warming

By Doug Mattushek - 08 August 2019Views : 708

A report released by the United Nations strongly suggests that the world needs to change the way we use land and eat food to help curb global warming.

The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - consisting of 107 scientists - revealed that the high consumption of meat and the way land is used to farm that meat is contributing to global warming. The report calls for immediate action.

"Delaying action ... could result in some irreversible impacts on some ecosystems, which in the longer term has the potential to lead to substantial additional emissions from ecosystems that would accelerate global warming," it read.

Professor Pete Smith, an environmental scientist from Aberdeen University in the United Kingdom, put some of the blame on Western culture.

"We're not telling people to stop eating meat," he told the BBC.

"In some places people have no other choice. But it's obvious that in the West we're eating far too much."

It added that the change in consumption patterns have lead to worldwide obesity, which an estimated 2 billion suffer from. The report also raised the issue of food wastage, which stands between 25% and 30% of total food produced.

Deforestation - often to make room for farms - is also contributing to global warming as there are less forest to reduce humans’ carbon dioxide output.

You can read the full report here: https://www.ipcc.ch/report/srccl/