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One Planet: How big meat and dairy are heating up the planet

In this March 11, 2009 file photo, a line of Holstein dairy cows feed through a fence at a dairy farm outside Jerome, Idaho.

On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet series, we're discussing a new report from The Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy about the meat and dairy industries.

It found that the five largest meat and dairy corporations combined, including JBS, Tyson, and Cargill, emit more greenhouse gas emissions then Exxon, Shell, or BP. The report says the climate community's attention has been focused on fossil fuel companies. It is time we broaden our focus to include the meat and dairy industry.


Shefali Sharma, director of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy's European office

Web Resources:

Grain: Emissions impossible: How big meat and dairy are heating up the planet

National Geographic: Eating meat has ‘dire’ consequences for the planet, says report

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.