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Study: Raising Pigs and Cattle Does Not Significantly Elevate Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Today the Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) is pointing to a new University of California, Davis study concluding that livestock production is not to blame for rising greenhouse gas emissions. The research was presented to the American Chemical Society on Monday by Dr. Frank Mitloehner.

David Martosko, Director of Research at the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom, made the following statement regarding this new research:

A supposed link between animal agriculture and global warming has been a pipe dream of animal rights activists. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) suddenly became climate change activist groups because it was a new way to push a vegetarian agenda on Americans. But now it looks like these animal rights groups were all hat, no cattle.

It turns out that U.S. meat production actually contributes only a very tiny amount to the climate-change picture. A flawed 2006 United Nations report, touted by activists supporting “Meatless Mondays” and other activist campaigns, inaccurately portrayed emissions from American livestock producers by lumping them in with Brazil, China, and other countries.

If anything, HSUS, PETA, Paul McCartney, and their friends in the green movement should be advising the world to buy American meat, since we’re quite good at producing it with a minimal carbon footprint. You can enjoy your burgers and ribs and still be eco-friendly.

Founded in 1996, the Center for Consumer Freedom is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization devoted to promoting personal responsibility and protecting consumer choices. For more information, visit


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