The meat and dairy industry will now surpass oil industry as world’s biggest polluters

The Meat and Dairy Industry is not only the #1 cause of animal suffering and violence, but it is also destroying the planet, a new study shows.

According to this article written by Josh Gabbatiss from the Independent,

The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and GRAIN conducted an analysis of the planet’s 35 largest meat and dairy companies and found, 

The meat and dairy industry will now surpass oil industry as world’s biggest polluters.


During the course of this investigation, they further found that the meat and dairy industry has been hiding the facts about their emissions data and some are acting as if they don’t care at all!

Is it possible that companies that sell dead bodies for profit are also being unethical in their knowledge and reports of emissions?

According to the article,

“They found that broadly speaking the companies were being secretive about their emissions data and few had set hard targets intended to deal with their pollution. “

“There’s no other choice. Meat and dairy production in the countries where the top 35 companies dominate must be significantly reduced,” said Devlin Kuyek, a researcher at GRAIN.”

Pretty clear.

However, as long as there is demand for a product (and government subsidies), these companies, who are killing and torturing billions of animals a year and destroying the planet, will continue to reap enormous profits, regardless of the cost that we will all pay.

“These corporations are pushing for trade agreements that will increase exports and emissions, and they are undermining real climate solutions like agroecology that benefit farmers, workers, and consumers.”

“When taken together, the world’s top five meat and dairy corporations are already responsible for more emissions than ExxonMobil, Shell or BP.”

Luckily, there is a very simple solution to all of this that you yourself can do right now.

Stop buying their products and start making a transition towards a healthy, cruelty-free, plant-based diet.


Don’t just take my word for it.

According to this study conducted at Oxford University and published by Science Magazine. Lead author Joseph Poore said:

“A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication, land use and water use.”

He further added,

“Avoiding consumption of animal products delivers far better environmental benefits than trying to purchase sustainable meat and dairy.”

If you have not currently adopted a plant-based, vegan diet, now is literally the best time to do so.

Don’t forget, every little bit helps.

Here is a terrific resource to get you started.

What actions are you currently taking to reduce your consumption of animal products?

René Benoit

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