Here's my article on why both the climate and ecological emergencies demand an urgent switch to a plant-based diet
Look at the "carbon opportunity costs" of meat and dairy, and you see a whole other picture, completely unrepresented by this hopelessly timid and outdated IPCC report, My column.
The land and climate report fails miserably, says - It vastly underestimates the true carbon cost of our meat and dairy consumption. We can’t keep eating like this
George Monbiot rips into the new #IPCC report for significantly underestimating the extent to which the meat industry drives climate breakdown .
"This figure is so high because we eat so much meat and dairy. The Nature paper estimates that the carbon cost of chicken is six times higher than soya, while milk is 15 times higher and beef 73 times." 🐄🌍
We can’t keep eating as we are – why isn’t the shouting this from the rooftops? In its crucial land and climate report, the IPCC irresponsibly understates the true carbon cost of our meat and dairy habits
A little embarrassing when a reporter explains your work so much better than you did. Thanks for explaining why agricultural land use matters so much. . I like IPCC report but it inconsistently addresses land use.
'Has it been nobbled? Was the fear of taking on the farming industry – alongside the oil and coal companies whose paid shills have attacked it so fiercely – too much to bear? At the moment, I have no idea. But what the panel has produced is pathetic.'
Strong stuff from suggests IPCC has pulled its punches by underplaying the need to change our diets.
"The Nature paper estimates that the carbon cost of chicken is six times higher than soya, while milk is 15x higher and beef 73x. One kilo of beef protein has a carbon opportunity cost of 1,250kg: that is roughly equal to driving a new car for a year."
A report myself concerning UK land use that and I published last spring got attention in 's latest article in the . It concerns the 's alarming call for fundamental changes in our food production and consumption.
People tend to make 2 mistakes while trying to minimize the #environmental impact of #food they eat. 1st, they focus on food miles & forget about other impacts. And 2nd is to imagine that extensive #farming is better for the planet than intensive farming.
"Are we prepared to act on what we know, or will we continue to gorge on the lives of our descendants?"
"We can’t keep eating as we are – why isn’t the IPCC shouting this from the rooftops?" | George Monbiot
Cutting down on flights is great but we need to eat less or no beef. “One kilo of beef protein has a carbon opportunity cost of 1,250kg... roughly equal to driving a new car for a year, or to one passenger flying from London to New York and back.”
From : We can’t keep eating as we are – why isn’t the IPCC shouting this from the rooftops?
This is a great article, and Monbiot is right, but I'm still pleased that the IPCC has made it the official UN view that we need to reduce animal farming and the consumption of meat and dairy.
Is the IPCC pulling its punches in its most recent report on climate change and land? thinks so.
IPCC scientists, any experts in this field, please respond!
‘A kilo of soya shipped halfway round the world inflicts much less atmospheric harm than a kilo of chicken or pork reared on the farm down the lane.’ ⁦
The IPCC land and climate report fails miserably | George Monbiot And i thought it sounded alarming enough.