The Center for Consumer Freedom has called the connection between meat production and global warming a false one.
In 2006, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations released a report that found livestock production was “one of the major causes of the world’s most pressing environmental problems, including global warming, land degradation, air and water pollution and loss of biodiversity.”
The report also said that livestock was actually responsible for 18 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions, a bigger share than transport.
A story on Food Navigator-USA.com reports that Dr. Barry Popkin cited those figures again just recently in an editorial in a journal, prompting the CCF to respond.
The CCF said Popkin was “stretching the truth.” And that data from the Environmental Protection Agency suggest that only 2.58 per cent can be attributed to meat production in the U.S. And the number of all agriculture is just six per cent.