UK: â€œEat less meat to curb global warmingâ€
Customers should have one meat-free day a week if they
want to make an effective sacrifice that would help tackle climate change,
according to the United Nations.
This September, Dr Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the UN
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, told the British newspaper The
Observer diet change was important because of the huge greenhouse gas emissions
and other environmental problems - including habitat destruction - associated
with rearing cattle and other animals.
The UN's Food and Agriculture
Organisation has estimated that meat production accounts for nearly a fifth of
global greenhouse gas emissions. However, Chris Lamb, head of marketing for the
British Pig Executive (BPEX), said the meat industry had been unfairly targeted
and was working hard to find out which activities had the biggest environmental
impact and reduce those.
Some ideas were contradictory, he said - for
example, one solution to emissions from livestock was to keep them indoors, but
this would damage animal welfare.Click here for
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