Reading about the connection between eating animals and global climate change in the media has become an almost weekly occurrence. Yet Westerners are still extremely reluctant to give up their burgers, nuggets and shakes, and government and organizations are still primarily focusing on other contributors to global warming, such as the impact of transportation. Because this is still such a controversial topic, it’s important to be well-informed. Below are a sampling of research reports and news articles that have covered the topic.
Another Inconvenient Truth: Meat is a Global Warming Issue
Commentary from E Magazine that includes references to several studies about the connection between meat & global warming. Includes a link to their 2002 feature on reasons for environmentalists to go veg.
Climate Change: The Inconvenient Truth About What We Eat
Looks at the role agriculture plays in global warming and advocates a plant-based diet.
Cool Foods Campaign
A new campaign from the Center for Food Safety. Learn about steps you can take to reduce your “food print.”
Diet, Energy & Global Warming
A 2005 report from the University of Chicago compares the impact of our dietary choices and reveals the
significant contribution to greenhouse gas emissions of eating animal products.
Factory Farming & Environment
A list of links to news stories about meat eating and the environment.
Hoofprints: Livestock & Its Environmental Impacts
A report from Friends of the Earth about the impact of livestock production on the environment.
The Impact of Animal Agriculture on Global Warming and Climate Change
A research report from the Humane Society of the U.S.
Livestock’s Long Shadow: Environmental Issues and Options
The 2007 report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations that reported about the enormous impact of animal agriculture on global warming.
Meat & the Environment
Quick info on the impact of eating meat on land, water, global warming & other environmental issues.
Putting Meat on the Table: Industrial Farm Animal Production in America
The Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production has released a report (2008) about the impact of animal agriculture on health, the environment, animal welfare and family farms.
Rethinking the Meat Guzzler
A New York Times article about the environmental impact of eating meat.
Take a Bite Out of Climate Change
Information, analysis and more about the connection between the climate crisis and what’s on our plates.
(from Anna Lappe & the Small Planet Institute)