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Report: Another Reason for MO to Go Meatless Today

PHOTO: An aerial view of a Texas feedlot. The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization says large factory farms are increasing climate-changing pollution. Photo credit: Mishka Henner.
PHOTO: An aerial view of a Texas feedlot. The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization says large factory farms are increasing climate-changing pollution. Photo credit: Mishka Henner.
October 14, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Observing "Meatless Monday" may not only be good for your health and for animals, but a new study says it's also good for the environment. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization report reaffirms what others have claimed: that livestock production is a major contributor to climate-changing pollution.

According to Geoff Orme-Evans, public policy manager for the Humane Society International, globalization and huge factory farms are the reasons meat is cheaper and people are eating more of it. He said 70 billion land animals are raised for food every year around the globe, a number that is unprecedented.

"So, it's really a wake-up call and confirms what we already know, that the sector is a huge contributor to climate change, and we need to start figuring out what to do about it," he warned.

While the report offers some solutions to the pollution caused by livestock, Orme-Evans said there are steps individuals can take, including buying locally-produced foods and eating less meat. Giving up meat just one day a week, he added, is the equivalent for the environment of driving about 1000 fewer miles a year.

Orme-Evans said there are several ways that today's immense animal farms are impacting the environment. One major problem is that having a large number of animals on a small amount of land creates a concentrated amount of animal waste.

"There can be really bad effects to the waterways, there have been fish die-offs, and in addition, there is a climate-change effect," he specified.

He said other contributing factors to pollution are gases produced from manure storage, fertilizer production and, in some cases, deforestation to create more pasture, as well as the energy required to transport animals and meat and dairy products.

The report, "Tackling Climate Change through Livestock," is at FAO.org.


Mona Shand, Public News Service - MO