Meat Climate Change is one of the most relevant books of our times, and a blueprint for human survival. Climate warming is a clear and present danger, and food is the second leading cause, next to fossil fuel for energy production. Food animals is an even larger source of atmospheric pollution than all of transportation's emissions.

This is one of the first book that provides an in-depth examination of diet, and its link to the three main greenhouse gases - carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide. It explores how these linkages are modeled and presented by two main United Nations agencies - the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).  

To slow the pace of global warming, it is vital to reduce fossil fuels, use renewable energy, and practice energy conservation. But this is not enough. Reducing animal consumption is critical, and this publication shows how to get us there.

The book is divided into four parts and 31 chapters. The first part explores climate literacy and climate science and is divided into eight chapters. The second and third parts represent the main sections of the book.

The second part consist of eight chapters that looks at assessing livestock's GHG emissions, animal-based diet and inequality, and limitations in FAO's accounting. The third part contains nine chapters that examines missing sources of emissions from animal-based agribusiness. The fourth part consist of three chapters that explore personal, social and policy changes.


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Demand for animal products is projected to increase by 50 percent from 2013 to 2025 (1), and 70 percent by 2050 (2).

  • Even if the world went fossil free by 2100, increasing animal consumption will continue to cause catastrophic global warming.

  • The good news is that plant-based diets can stop climate chaos! And, this must-read, essential guidebook shows how! In addition, there are chapters on the critical 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, health under climate change, diet and health, antibiotic resistance, food-borne illness, and zootic diseases like bird flu. The book examines intersectional issues like how climate and diet will impact agriculture, the poor, water, forests, soil, oceans, biodiversity and disease.

  • The text is an excellent climate literacy primer with great insights into climate science, politics and economics. Importantly, it explores near term planetary heating scenarios to the year 2100, and personal, social and policy solutions for significant climate mitigation.

  • This multi-disciplinary guide to climate and diet covers a wide range of environmental, social, and psychological issues with analysis from hundreds of research studies.
  • This book would be useful to anyone interested in learning about climate change, the environment, diet and health, social inequality, and animal-based agribusiness. It is addressed to the general public, students, educators, social and environmental activists, climate scientists, and policy-makers.

(1) http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/climate-friendly-diet-meat-consumption-by-brahma-chellaney-2015-06

(2) http://www.fao.org/ag/againfo/resources/en/publications/tackling_climate_change/index.htm