Is meat a bigger contributor to the climate crisis than transport?

A supply teacher from Blackpool has claimed that meat contributes more to climate change than transport.

The global climate strike on Friday saw many Preston locals protesting fracking and use of cars.

Though many feel electric cars are a step in the right direction, Ruth Greenwood, who took part in the march, felt there was a lack of conversation regarding veganism.

Miss Greenwood said: “What I feel is missing from this conversation is the fact that animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation.

“80 per cent of deforestation is for animal agriculture.”

Climate Nexus, a campaign group, confirms that animal agriculture is the second largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions after fossil fuels.

Miss Greenwood claims the carbon footprint from meat and dairy production is much higher than the footprint from “all of transport combined”.

The Vegetarian Society supports this and have said: “By eating vegetarian food for a year you could save the same amount of emissions as taking a small family car off the road for six months.”

Joseph Poore, a graduate from the University of Cambridge, conducted a five year investigation into sustainable meat and dairy production and found in 2018 that 60 per cent of agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions are a result of this.  

In the recent study he analysed data on 38,000 farms across the world and examined 40 agricultural products, covering 90 per cent of all food that is eaten.

He said: “A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication, land use and water use.

“It is far bigger than cutting down on your flights or buying an electric car.”