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Livestock production is responsible for nearly one fifth of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions – more than all the planes, trains and automobiles in the world combined.Its impacts include loss of fresh water, rainforest destruction, air and water pollution, acid rain, soil erosion, loss of habitat and climate change.3

University of Adelaide Professor of Climate Change Barry Brook estimates that livestock are responsible for half of Australia’s short-term global warming gases — more than the coal industry.

According to the UN Environmental Programme, ‘animal products, both meat and dairy, in general require more resources and cause higher emissions than plant-based alternatives’ and a substantial reduction of the impacts of agriculture on the environment will only be possible with a worldwide shift away from consuming these animal products4 – the vast majority of which are factory farmed.

 

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