The Real Cost of Meat
In December 2016, GFC released its newest publication, What’s at Steak? The Real Cost of Meat. The launch took place on December 5 at the UN Biodiversity Conference (CBD COP13) in Cancun, Mexico. Brighter Green’s Mia MacDonald was part of the press conference announcing the release. This report highlights Bolivia, Brazil, India, Paraguay, and Russia as case studies to assess the contribution of meat and dairy to deforestation and climate change. It includes an excerpt from Brighter Green’s Triangle paper and also mentions “What’s For Dinner?“. The full report is available in English (PDF) and Spanish (PDF). The Executive Summary is offered in English (PDF), Spanish (PDF), and French (PDF). For more information, and links to the case studies in English, click here.
In March 2016, GFC released its 49th issue of Forest Cover magazine, its biannual newsletter covering international forest policy. This issue is focused on Meat as a Driver of Deforestation. Mia MacDonald and Wanqing Zhou have featured articles in the issue. Mia discusses the lack of attention to the problems of industrial animal agriculture at COP21 (web version; PDF) and Wanqing writes about her Triangle research (web version; PDF). You can download the complete PDF in English here, French here, and Spanish here.
In January 2015, GFC and Brighter Green published a report called Meat from a Landscape Under Threat: Testimonies of the Impacts of Unsustainable Livestock and Soybean Production in Paraguay by Miguel Lovera.
Soybean Production in Paraguay and the Convention on Biological Diversity
Brighter Green and GFC published a case study in April 2014 entitled The Environmental and Social Impacts of Unsustainable Livestock Farming and Soybean Production in Paraguay as well as a new report and briefing paper on redirecting government support for unsustainable livestock production as the key to biodiversity conservation. The case study was presented at the Convention on Biological Diversity in Montreal, Canada, in June 2014, along with a joint article entitled “Implementing Aichi Target 3 in the livestock sector,” which was published in “Square Brackets: CBD Newsletter for Civil Society.” The study was also presented at an international strategy meeting on livestock farming and soy production in Paraguay, November 28–29, 2014.
Brighter Green and GFC also convened a number of dialogue sessions with Indigenous Peoples’ Organizations (IPOs), peasant movements like La Via Campesina, and women’s groups. The aim was to help these groups at U.N. environmental and climate change meetings to discuss sustainable alternatives to intensive livestock farming and formulate the strategies needed to promote such alternatives. Brighter Green and GFC published a report in April of 2015 of this meeting.
Industrial Farming, Livestock Farming, and Climate Change
Brighter Green and GFC have produced a primer about the negative social, environmental, and animal welfare impacts of the expansion of intensive livestock farming. The primer (which is also available in Spanish and Russian) aims to raise awareness of policy-makers, social movements, and the public in general. Livestock farming has been promoted by some actors in the climate debate as a promising climate change–mitigation strategy. The primer brings the links between deforestation, climate change, and industrial animal agriculture to the attention of policy-makers, including within the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) and the REDD+ negotiations.
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