Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Faulty UN Report Still Haunts Livestock Producers

Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Meat Production Link With Global Warming Called 'Misinformation'

WASHINGTON, March 25, 2009 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ ----Dr. Barry Popkin, the University of North Carolina nutrition professor who repeatedly blamed meat producers yesterday for contributing more to climate change than transportation, is ignoring Environmental Protection Agency data that directly contradict his claims, the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom claimed today.

In an editorial published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, Popkin argued that Americans should reduce their meat consumption in part because a 2006 United Nations report suggests "livestock are responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions, far greater than that of transportation." In a Reuters news story today, Popkin said he was "pretty surprised when I checked back and went through the data on emissions from animal food and livestock. I didn't expect it to be more than cars."

CCF said today that the EPA has characterized greenhouse-gas emissions related to the entire U.S. agriculture sector -- including meat, grain, fruit, vegetable, and fiber producers -- as just one-third of what Popkin attributes to meat production alone. Global estimates from the UN publication Popkin cited, "Livestock's Long Shadow," don't apply to American meat production.

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The UN”s report claiming that livestock were responsible for so much of the GHG’s released has been used a lot by those whose goal is to eliminate animal agriculture. Even with the US EPA stating otherwise. As with most of these types of people, the end justifies the means and they aren’t about to let facts get in the way of their goals. They will use the worst possible report they can find and reject science all the way.

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