World meat production has quadrupled since the 1960s. Our carbon emissions are a huge problem and a large amount comes from livestock production.
In Australia 11% of national greenhouse gas emissions are caused by livestock. Making it the third largest source of greenhouse gas emissions after the energy and transport sectors.
Livestock are the dominant source of methane and nitrous oxide, accounting for 56% and 73%, respectively, of Australia’s emissions. Globally, livestock accounts for between 14.5-18% of human-induced greenhouse gas emissions.
In addition, land is being cleared at a devastating rate for this livestock and for the crops to grow to feed them.