Discuss Agriculture Industry Emissions in Global Climate Talks

Target: Regina McCarthy, EPA Administrator

Goal: Review global warming gas emissions by agriculture industry as part of international climate negotiations.

Global warming gas emissions from the agriculture industry are not currently reviewed as part of international global warming reduction negotiations, despite evidence that the industry is a significant contributor of emissions. A published Oxford study shows that the increases in emissions from the agriculture industry are likely to cancel out the cuts in other industries. Currently, emissions from agriculture account for about 15 percent of emissions worldwide.

Expert research shows the biggest culprit of the agriculture emissions is raising livestock. For example, raising beef cattle creates between nine and 27 times more greenhouse gases as producing the same number of calories in plant matter such as legumes, nuts, and other vegetables.

Demand that gas emissions from agricultural businesses are included in international climate negotiations.


Dear Ms. McCarthy,

Reduction of global warming gas emissions is an important part of the EPA’s agenda. However, a key contributing industry has been left out of international talks that focus on reducing climate change and global warming. The agriculture industry accounts for about 15 percent of emissions worldwide. A published study from Oxford indicates that agricultural emissions are increasing to the point where they’re likely to cancel out reductions in other industries.

We demand that emissions created by the agriculture industry become part of the international discussion on climate change.


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