ANIMAL AGRICULTURE

Animal agriculture is the second largest contributor to human-made greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions - after fossil fuels - and is a leading cause of deforestation, water and air pollution and biodiversity loss.

IMPACT

  • Accounts for 5% of global carbon dioxide emissions

  • Represents 44% of methane emissions, the primary force of climate change related livestock 

  • Accounts for 44% of all nitrous oxide emissions, the most potent GHG

  • Makes up 75-80% of total agricultural emissions

LINKED TO

  • 55% of environmental erosion is 

  • 60% of nitrogen pollution

  • 70% of the global dietary phosphorus footprint