Latest Report on Livestock | Killing Fields: the Battle to Feed Factory Farms – VIDEO

The latest report on livestock RE: Climate Change.

A mitigative measure that is not on the table or in the agenda is agricultural conversion. Though our food production is our greatest hope for mitigation it is being practically ignored.

The just published paper by World watch finds that livestock is responsible for 55% of global warming emissions. The huge increase is largely due to the IPCC global warming potential of methane being future discounted by stretching the 12 year lifetime of methane emissions to 100 years giving a methane metric of 25 times CO2. The World Watch paper uses the IPCC methane figure of 72 over 20 years. Over 12 years methane has 90 to 100 times the warming of CO2. A just published paper by NASA’s Drew Shindell based on methane at 25 finds that methane emissions are underestimated by 40% by not accounting for fossil fuel aerosol emissions.

There are several other measures that could change our food production form the worst sectoral source of emissions to out best carbon sequestration opportunity.

Quick thought – Instead of subsiding shell, etc. with billions for false solutions such as carbon capture storage – we need to move these subsidies over to safe, clean, renewables. Subsidizing fossil fuels must be stopped completely. Farmers should be fully subsidized to move from livestock to organic agriculture and crops such as hemp (so we can retain our trees for true carbon sequestration), willow, etc. for bio-mass and carbon sequestration, etc. etc.

The first international report: ‘The United Nations Report on Livestock’ was released in November of 2006.

Featured video: Killing Fields

As part of the project Feeding and Fueling Europe, "Killing Fields: the Battle to Feed Factory Farms" seeks to illustrate the hidden chain of destruction from the factory farms in Europe to the forests of South America.

The documentary looks at the huge soy plantations in South America that are wiping out the local wildlife, negatively contributing to climate change and forcing thousands of indigenous people from their land. Soy plantations have been growing in recent years due to the huge demand for the crop in Europe to feed factory farmed pigs, chickens and cows.

Killing Fields reveals the true cost of growing soy in South America, suggesting that both South America and Europe are being harmed in the unsustainable practice of factory farming.

Watch the film here

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Livestock and Climate ChangeWoWatch.pdf


~ by Cory Morningstar on November 19, 2009.

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