Brighter Green associate Wanqing Zhou was quoted in Robert Soutar’s China Dialogue article, “Brazil beef scandal highlights dangers of industrial livestock farming.”
The article discusses the recent rotten meat scandal in Brazil, resulting in major customers China, Korea, and the E.U. suspending their beef imports from the country. It also addresses the environmental impacts of livestock. In Brazil, it is estimated cattle ranching is responsible for half the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. Wanqing says that the most effective way to curb the environmental impacts of meat consumption is to significantly reduce demand: “It’s hoped that some [consumers] will take it a step further and rethink the over-consumption of meat and the safety risks in the intensive animal farming system.” The article also quotes Miguel Lovera of partner organization Global Forest Coalition and Myanna Lahsen of Brazil’s National Institute of Space Research (INPE).