UN Admits Flaw in Report on Meat and Climate ChangeWednesday, March 24, 2010
(American Meat Institute)
One of the authors of the 2006 United Nations report claiming meat production is responsible for 18 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, more than transportation, is acknowledging that the comparison is flawed in light of recent research by an American scientist, the BBC reports.
Dr. Frank Mitloehner from the
Mitloehner traces much of the public confusion to the 2006 report, “Livestock's Long Shadow,” published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which he says overstates the role livestock play in greenhouse gas emissions.
“This lopsided ‘analysis’ is a classical
apples-and-oranges analogy that truly confused
the issue,” Mitloehner says. He presented
his findings at this week’s American Chemical
Society conference in
Pierre Gerber, a policy officer with FAO, told the BBC he accepted Mitloehner’s criticism.
“I must say honestly that he has a point – we factored in everything for meat emissions, and we didn't do the same thing with transport,” he said.
AMI has long contended that attempts to
apply these global numbers to the
In fact, according to EPA, in 2007 only 2.8
“The fact that greenhouse emissions have remained nearly constant while industry production has increased shows that U.S. livestock and meat producers have taken responsible steps to protect the environment, such as improving feed efficiency, implementing better manure management strategies and using cropland more effectively,” noted AMI President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle.
“We’ve accomplished this feat all the while providing the most abundant, safe, diverse and affordable meat supply in the world.”
Boyle concluded, “AMI looks forward to FAO’s completion of a more comprehensive analysis of emissions from global food production at the end of this year.”share on facebook share on twitter