“If cattle were to form their own nation, they would rank third behind China and the United States among the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitters.”

World Resources Institute, 2016

 

You can access my articles and other material dealing with the impact of animal agriculture on climate change from this page. (My material on climate change in general can be found here.)

ARTICLES

Response to climate emergency plan

Meat Eaters vs the Great Barrier Reef

Less Meat Less Heat: Falling short of what’s required

Beef, the reef and rugby: We have a problem

The pork industry in the classroom

Livestock chief gets it wrong on the vegan diet

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Youth Food Movement Australia and the red meat industry

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Huffington Post contributes to African poverty

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Open letter to Sydney Peace Foundation

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The link that too many ignore

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Free range is not the answer

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Concerns over a concerned scientist’s comments

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Lots of hot air in Savory supporter’s climate change arguments

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The climate change campaigner and the steak

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The low emissions diet

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The climatarian diet must exclude pig, chicken, fish, egg and dairy

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No, two pounds of beef are not worse than a trans-Atlantic flight

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Lettuce, bacon and the climate crisis

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Another letdown from 350.org

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My beef with Gore, Obama and the US EPA over climate change

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A livestock recap on the road to Paris

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Action on livestock is essential if we are to strike targets

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Questions for Breakthrough climate forum

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The Other Problem With The China Free Trade Deal (on New Matilda website)

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Letters in newspapers

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Activist, not Automaton

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Chickens, pigs and the Amazon tipping point

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Volkswagen, animal agriculture and the climate crisis

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Methane breakthrough not what it may seem

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Emissions intensity of Australian beef

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Climate change in a meal

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Meat, the environment and industry brainwashing

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Some concerns with Chatham House

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An industry shooting itself in the foot over “Cowspiracy”

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More on Cowspiracy and the Australian red meat industry

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Livestock and climate: Do percentages matter?

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Cowspiracy and the Australian red meat industry

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The 3 percent diet

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More on Savory, livestock and climate change

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Savory and McKibben: Another postscript

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The Electric Cow

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No, humans are not at the top of the food chain

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Some myths about meat

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Are cows killing the reef?

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Some thoughts on protein in a plant-based diet

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Some quotations on the climate crisis

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More on Omissions of Emissions: Livestock and the Climate Crisis

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The real elephant in AYCC’s climate change room

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Do the math: There are too many cows!

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Prince Charles on Climate Change and Deforestation

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Protecting global climate with Vegan Challenge: Interview with Paul Mahony

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Livestock and climate: Why Allan Savory is not a saviour

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A climate system on steroids

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Does the standard of climate change reporting need beefing up?

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Omissions of Emissions: A Critical Climate Change Issue

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Climate Change and Diet: Calcium

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Some Critical Omissions from Climate Change Discussions

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VIVA LA VEGAN ARTICLES

Here’s a list of my articles dealing with the impact of animal agriculture on climate change from the Viva la Vegan website, which also includes the articles shown above:

To retain a habitable planet, what we eat is critical!

Climate change: Two presentations and an alarming update

Solar Or Soy: Which is better for the planet? (Part 6)

Solar Or Soy: Which is better for the planet? (Part 5)

Solar or Soy: Which is better for the planet? (Part 4)

Solar or Soy: Which is better for the planet? (Part 3)

PRESENTATIONS AND PAPERS

July 2017

July 2016

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February 2016

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National Food Plan Green Paper Submission

Sep 2012
Extract: “It would be helpful if the government informed the community that they can have a significant environmental impact by modifying their diets. Such an approach would help balance the efforts of groups such as Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), who were named the 2007 advertiser of the year at the Australian Writers & Art Directors awards, for its work in promoting red meat sales domestically and internationally. No one could validly complain if well-informed consumers decided to purchase fewer meat and dairy products for environmental reasons. After all, efficient markets rely on decision makers being well informed. To mislead the public of the actual causes of climate change or water shortages is worse than doing nothing at all. It deflects action away from those measures that would help to solve the pressing environmental problems that we face.”

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Victorian Government Climate of Opportunity Green Paper Submission

Sep 2009
Extract: “If the Victorian Government is willing to advertise to encourage us to adopt certain beneficial practices in regard to energy and water consumption, then it should also be willing to do the same in regard to dietary choices, as the environmental benefits of dietary change would be many times greater than the benefits to be derived from the other measures mentioned.”

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Response to Victorian Government’s “Climate of Opportunity” summit paper

Jun 2008
Extract: Whilst the Victorian Government has been willing to spend money on advertisements that encourage us to turn off electrical appliances and take shorter showers, it has said little, if anything, about the dramatic effect of our food choices on the environment. This must change; the Government must help to inform the community.”

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Presentation – Solar Or Soy: Which is better for the planet? (A review of animal agriculture’s impact)

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Description: Animal agriculture has a massive impact on climate change. In June 2010, the United Nations Environment Programme’s International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management reported on activities and resources that contribute disproportionately to environmental pressures and impacts. In its report, the panel said, “a substantial reduction of impacts would only be possible with a substantial worldwide diet change, away from animal products”. This presentation supports that view. (First presented in February, 2011)

Key Issues (inter-related):

  • Inherent inefficiency
  • Scale
  • Greenhouse gases and other warming agents
  • Deforestation
  • Water
  • Nutrition

Comments on Meat & Livestock Australia’s “Myth Busters”

I felt the need to respond to what MLA referred to as “myth busters” regarding the environmental impacts of red meat. Here’s my paper.

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Other Papers:

Some Environmental Impacts of Animal Agriculture – Part 1 (Dec, 2010)

Some Environmental Impacts of Animal Agriculture – Part 2 (Dec, 2010)

Seafood image:

Grilled lobster | Prayitno | Flickr | Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Chinese flag image:

Chinese Flag Photo © Argus456 | Dreamstime.com

YFM image:

Youth Food Movement Australia | YFM logo badge only | Flickr | Creative Commons NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0) | http://tinyurl.com/j4c8ad9 | https://www.flickr.com/photos/142322734@N08/

Other image credits:

Please refer to relevant pages.