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Climate change – Brazil: The threat posed by livestock

The livestock industry has less economic clout than the oil industry, but ranchers say it has better arguments to defend itself from accusations regarding its share of responsibility for global warming.

The livestock industry represents 40 percent of agricultural production worldwide and provides a livelihood and food security to one billion people.

The fact that it provides a source of food perhaps goes some way towards protecting the industry from the argument that it generates too much greenhouse gases, which scientists blame for global warming and climate change.

“There is no scientific proof,” says Antenor Nogueira, president of the beef livestock forum of the Brazilian Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock (CAN), referring to reports that accuse the industry of being one of the biggest threats to life on the planet.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) estimates that the livestock industry accounts for 18 percent of all greenhouse gases worldwide – more than the transport industry, which is responsible for 13 percent, and is a major consumer of oil.

Read more… (IPS News)

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