Table of Contents:
- The Climate Police Are At It Again
- "Climate change" is controversial
A recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shows the anti-livestock agenda is alive and well.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently released a draft report that, once again, questions the value of livestock production and animal protein in the diet.
The report, titled “Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change,” looks at many human activities and attempts to not only tie them to climate change, but to suggest ways those activities can be changed to mitigate the effects of climate change on the globe. The latest report is one of a series that has come out every seven years, says Chuck Rice, a Kansas State University (KSU) distinguished professor and soil microbiologist, and one of the lead authors of the agriculture chapter.
It is the fifth such report to be produced, and according to IPCC, it was a four-year effort involving 235 authors from 58 countries. The report is voluminous—the chapter on Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Uses alone is 181 pages—and the report covers many sectors of the global economy, including energy, transportation, buildings and industry.
For background, the IPCC was established in 1988 as an international body for assessing the science related to climate change. It is a function of the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations (UN) Environment Program to, as a factsheet says, “provide policymakers with regular assessments of the scientific basis of climate change, its impacts and future risks, and options for adaptation and mitigation. The assessments are policy-relevant but not policy-prescriptive: they may present projections of future climate change based on different scenarios and the risks that climate change poses and discuss the implications of response options, but they do not tell policymakers what actions to take.”
While the report is rich in opportunities for analysis, let’s look at the agriculture chapter. “Agriculture globally contributes about 10% to 12% to greenhouse gas emissions,” Rice says in a KSU news release. “If you add in forestry, it moves it up to around 25%. Agriculture is significant but not the major contributor and has declined slightly, percentage-wise, since the last report in 2007, not so much because agriculture has changed that much but because the energy sector is contributing more.”
Rice says it’s important to remember that the IPPC report’s authors are not creating new science but rather assessing the current state of the science on how agriculture, forestry and land use contribute to and can mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. They conducted literature reviews and summarized key points of the science that’s occurred since the last report in 2007.