An article by Forbes says agriculture’s contribution to the climate crisis is almost always underestimated because emission sources are routinely excluded. “The classic #EPA chart suggested Agriculture is 9% of US #greenhouse #gasemissions. This number is almost certainly significantly quite low,” says #EarthJustice attorney Peter Lehner. “Most other studies, including by the #UN... say agriculture contributes much closer to 15 or 20% or more...” And even those estimates may be low because most assessments don’t include these five sources of agricultural emissions: Solar Carbon, Lost Sequestration, Input Footprints, Difficult Measurements, and Potent Gases.
The #WorldwatchInstitute included agriculture’s supply chain as well, and it concluded that livestock agriculture is responsible for 51% of anthropogenic GHGs.
This estimate is usually dismissed by big ag, but a report by non-profit #SentientMedia found it was more accurate than wrong, arguing animal agriculture contributed about 37% of anthropogenic GHGs.
But despite this daunting number, experts say the damage can be mitigated with existing technologies including: Perennial crops, Crop rotation, Agroforestry, and Organic Fertilizer.
Furthermore we as consumers can have an impact on what we put on our plates. Animal agriculture packs the biggest punch when it comes to emissions, fresh water use, land grazing, and feed crops. It’s also the leading cause of #speciesextinction, ocean dead zones, and #biodiversity loss. Choosing a more plant-based diet and a move away from animal products can help drive down the demand for a practice that’s devastating the planet.
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