How Big Dairy is heating up the planet and hollowing rural communities
Thirteen of the world’s largest dairy corporations combined to emit more greenhouse gases (GHGs) in 2017 than major polluters BHP, the Australia-based mining, oil and gas giant or ConocoPhillips, the United States-based oil company. Unlike growing public scrutiny on fossil fuel companies, little public pressure exists to hold global meat and dairy corporations accountable for their emissions, even as scientific evidence mounts that our food system is responsible for up to 37% of all global emissions.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a worldwide health crisis, upending day-to-day life, destabilizing the global economy and impacting international politics. This ever-evolving tragedy will greatly impact our food systems, federal food assistance programs, farmers and farmworkers, ranchers and fisherpeople, and food producers.
As the repercussions of the pandemic unfold, IATP will continue to respond to emerging challenges, publish our work and share our partners’ efforts on our COVID-19 page.
As we enter a new decade, our farmers are in crisis, with the added pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic and an impending climate catastrophe. Current U.S farm and trade policies are not just inadequate to address the situation confronting farmers, eaters and the planet: They're causing it.
In the midst of this farm crisis, IATP takes a fresh look at the analysis and prediction made in our cornerstone document Crisis By Design, written by IATP founder Mark Ritchie and Kevin Ristau in 1987.