Letters to the Editor

Letter: Global warming battle will be futile unless meat, dairy production is addressed

The Paris climate deal is hailed as a huge achievement in combating the biggest-ever threat to our planet. The first thing I notice when I read it is that it is really only an agreement for countries to develop plans. Many potholes are in still in the road. There are many provisions that enable countries to weasel out of meaningful action and many others to make sure they cannot.

Among the aims of the deal is, according to Article 2, beginning with paragraph 1 is: “Increasing the ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change and foster climate resilience and low greenhouse gas [GHG] emissions development, in a manner that does not threaten food production.”

Interesting that animal agriculture, one of the leading contributors to greenhouse gas emission, is given a pass. With ever-increasing demand for meat in developing economies, the battle against global warming will be futile unless meat and dairy production is addressed.

James Grohs, Kennewick