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Animal agriculture has been branded as the ‘leading cause of climate change‘ in a new report. 

Published by Dr. Sailesh Rao, Executive Director of Climate Healers and Executive Producer of documentaries including What The Health and Cowspiracy, the white paper states animal agriculture accounts for an estimated 87 percent of annual greenhouse gas emissions.

The report also claims that the annual methane emissions from Animal Agriculture alone causes more incremental global warming than the annual CO2 emissions from all fossil fuel sources combined.

‘Urgent’ change

“In this paper, we will show that this strategy of focusing exclusively on the reduction of fossil fuel burning will accelerate climate change, potentially to the point of no return,” the study reads.

“This paper [also] clearly illustrates why the scientific community, government institutions, corporations and news media, who vastly underestimate the role of Animal Agriculture and focus primarily on reducing fossil fuel use, need to urgently change their priorities in order to be effective.”

‘A global plant-based economy’

In its conclusion, the report illustrates ‘the need to transition to a global plant-based economy first and that blindly eliminating fossil fuel usage first will accelerate the warming of the planet’. 

You can read the full report here

Liam Giliver

Liam is the former Deputy Editor of Plant Based News. He has written for The Independent, Huffington Post, Attitude Magazine, and more. He is also the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.