New data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shows a steady increase in agriculture-related greenhouse gas emissions, much of it linked to industrial systems of crop production and the rise of factory farm systems of animal production. The annually updated GHG data is designed to track U.S.
Factory farmed meat and dairy production is one of the top contributors to climate change, with some estimates saying the food system is responsible for up to 30 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs).
As the world's nations consider strategies to tackle climate change, little attention has been given to the intersection of energy intensive industrial agriculture and global distribution systems combined with trade agreements.
The disease spread to many countries at lightening speed with the destruction of thousands of animals and economic and social losses to farmers and rural communities. Phasing out factory farming would be a boon to animal and human health, and the environment.