Belching cows and endless feedlots: Fixing cattle's climate issues

The United States is home to 95 million cattle, and changing what they eat could have a significant effect on emissions of greenhouse gases like methane that are warming the world.
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Study: Sicker livestock emit more methane, accelerating climate change

Warming temperatures may inspire a feedback loop of climate-altering flatulence, according to a new paper published in the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution.


Climate finance hits hurdle in greening meat and dairy

As financiers start to divest from meat and dairy, can companies that thrive due to their ethical credentials take money from investors profiting from polluting industries?

EU's farm animals 'produce more emissions than cars and vans combined'

Cows, pigs and other farm livestock in Europe are producing more greenhouse gases every year than all of the bloc's cars and vans put together, when the impact of their feed is taken into account, according to a new analysis by Greenpeace.


Industrialization has pushed out more and more chicken

The pounds of chicken available to consumers on a per capita basis has increased more than 500 percent since 1909, according to USDA data.

'One thing I've learned about modern farming – we shouldn't do it like this'

A journalist who has spent decades investigating 'big ag' explains why the drive for cheaper food has come at too high a price.


Better food for world's poor could hike climate-changing emissions

To balance the increases, richer countries may need to scale back, flagship UN report suggests.


Humans must eat less meat and dairy to cut nitrogen emissions

Humans should eat less meat and dairy to cut the nitrogen emissions produced by farming, according to a new report from UN scientists.


Meat and dairy production emit more nitrogen than Earth can cope with

The amount of nitrogen pollution emitted just by global livestock farming is more than the planet can cope with, prompting scientists to say we need to eat less meat and dairy produce.


Lowered meat production leads to decline in pollution, waste and greenhouse gases

The coronavirus has sent the U.S. reeling into an economic recession, resulting in consumer-facing industries combating unique challenges - especially meat production. What effect will lowered meat production have on our overall environment?


Top tips for a low-carbon diet

Eating less tropical fruit, choosing organic grass-fed meat and buying less processed food are among the top tips for a low-carbon diet.


Struggling farmers are selling midwest hogs ad hoc and online

An under-the-radar market has sprung up to prevent euthanizing pigs and help support farmers. But communities on the receiving end have limited processing capacity and big concerns.

Industrial meat 101: Could large livestock operations cause the next pandemic?

Novel viruses have been emerging in CAFOs for years. Advocates say coronavirus should act as a wake-up call.

Plant-based ‘meats’ catch on in the pandemic

As the meat industry struggles to respond to the outbreak, makers of vegan substitutes are ramping up production to meet new interest from shoppers.

Jonathan Safran Foer: The coronavirus and a world without meat

If you care about the working poor, about racial justice, and about climate change, you have to stop eating animals.
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How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

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