Brazil / Cattle / Climate Change / Environment / Latin America / Livestock

Climate change: Cattle, the ignored predator

Because of its effect on the environment, cattle must be given the same priority in global agendas as nuclear weapons, wars and, in particular, climate change, says Brazilian activist João Meirelles Filho, author of two books on Amazon deforestation.

Cattle farming in Brazil is the leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions, as it is responsible for four-fifths of the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest and three-fourths of the burning of forests and vegetation throughout the country, besides emitting most of the country’s methane, an important greenhouse gas produced in the digestive system of cattle.

Read more (IPS News)

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