Meat Production and Environmental Health


This post provides resources on the relationship between meat production and global environmental health. In 2006, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimated that the meat industry is responsible for 18% of global greenhouse gas emissions. In 2009, two World Bank scientists reevaluated that figure and raised it to a minimum of 51%. In addition to releasing greenhouse gases, the meat industry contributes to air and water pollution, soil erosion, and deforestation, and large amounts of water, fertilizers, and pesticides are used to grow animal feed.


Government Agencies

Nonprofit Organizations

  • Food Climate Research Network: "The Food Climate Research Network is a UK research council-funded initiative. Its aim is to better understand how the food system contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, and to research and promote ways of reducing them."

News Reports

Peer-Reviewed Articles