Twenty livestock companies are responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than Germany, Britain, or France.

A new report from environmental campaigners exposed the truth behind greenhouse gas emissions from livestock companies. Not only do they produce huge amounts of greenhouse gases, but they also receive billions of dollars in financing to do so.

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Raising livestock for meat and dairy contributes 14.5% of gas emissions. With the huge amount of financial backing that these industries get, they have created 366m tonnes of meat a year since 2019.

The report also pointed out, “To keep up with this [level of animal protein production] industrial, animal farming is on the rise and keeps pushing sustainable models out of the market.”

Even the introduction of more meatless options hasn’t helped to solve the issue, as the meat industry is too thoroughly financed to slow down or scale down their output.

Paolo Patruno, deputy secretary-general of the European Association for the Meat Processing Industry, said, “We don’t believe that any food sector is more or less sustainable than another. But there are more or less sustainable ways to produce plant or animal foods, and we are committed to making animal protein production more sustainable. We also know that average greenhouse gas emissions in the EU from livestock are half that of the global average. The global average is about 14%, and the EU average is 7%.”

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It is more clear than ever that the meat and dairy industry needs to scale down, making way for more sustainable practices. There needs to be a huge shift in our food production systems if we are going to have any hope of saving the planet.

Sign this petition to demand that IFC divest from factory farming, and invest in humane, sustainable practices and our future!

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