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Agriculture emits more greenhouse gases than biggest oil company



The five agricultural companies are accounted for more than 578 metric tonnes while Exxon-Mobil is emitting 577MT.



23.Jul.18 1:09 PM
By Jeff Bannister
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Agriculture emits more greenhouse gases than biggest oil company
The demand for meat and diary products are still on the rise as China and other Easter-Asia nations continue to boost consumption of the products previously suggested as luxury. It comes not without the environmental footprint and it is still loosely accounted. Unlike oil and gas giants agricultural producers were able to slip under the radar of the greenhouse gases emission monitoring.

Only four of them are publishing their IATP data, and no company in he US has ever bothered to do so. Scientists from GRAIN foundation used some indirect data to compile a calculation of the footprint of the five major meat and diary producers. Although their approach was conservative the data shows that combined they exceed greenhouse gas emission of the Exxon-Mobil and any other fossil fuel company.

Meat and diary producers attribute to the emission in three ways. It is direct emission by cows - their complex alimentary system emits methane. Also companies use a lot of power for maintaining farm animals. And the distribution system is also emitting greeenhouse gases to the Earth's atmosphere. JBS, Tyson Foods, Cargill, Dairy Farmers of America, and Fonterra combined leave more emissions than the biggest oil company. The five agricultural companies are accounted for more than 578 metric tonnes while Exxon-Mobil is emitting 577MT.

Agricultural companies and lobbyists are denying the harm to the Earth atmosphere and input in the global warming. The biggest meat producer do not publish reliable data as required by IATP. USA has not signed documents that will require to do so. As much as 43% of greenhouse gases in agriculture are emmited by United States, Canada, the European Union, Brazil, Australia, and New Zealand.



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