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“In the last 50 years, global meat production has quadrupled well - and the trend is rising. The consequences range from climate change and species extinction to hunger and water shortages.” - NABU
(Nature Conservation Union Germany)

Since the UN Climate Change Conference in 2010, efforts have been made to limit global warming caused by greenhouse gases to only two degrees Celsius by the end of the century compared to the pre-industrial age. In the Paris Agreement of 2015, two degrees remains the goal, but the aim is to limit warming to only 1.5 degrees. Human activities have so far led to a global temperature increase of 1.0 degrees Celsius.
If no drastic measures will soon be taken, the temperature could already rise by 1.5 to 7.8 degrees Celsius by the end of the century, depending on the scenario.

If the earth warms up by more than two degrees, researchers believe that drastic and irreversible environmental changes will occur – heatwaves, droughts, floods, natural disasters and the extinction of species.

Decisive action by all countries is required, as global emissions of greenhouse gases must be drastically reduced: In order not to exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius, CO2 emissions must be reduced by at least 40 percent by 2030 compared to 2010 levels. By 2050, we have to be climate neutral.

And each of us can contribute to achieving this goal by reducing our personal C02 emissions.

In short: intensive animal husbandry leads to CO2 emissions.

The whole thing is a concatenation of many factors. Animals need a lot of food until they reach slaughterable age. The forage crops in turn need soil to grow. These soils are originally pastureland and are converted into arable land by clearing. In the process, carbon in form of CO2 is released into the air. Fertilizers are used to make the plants grow faster. These chemicals consist among other things of animal excrements and can produce emissions in the form of laughing gas. This may happen if the fertilizer is not used carefully. Some animal species even produce emissions in the form of methane directly by excreting it themselves, thus polluting the environment.
Did you know that methane is 25 times more harmful and nitrous oxide 350 times more harmful than CO2?

Furthermore, the stables of the animals need energy to be heated or lit and the meat has to be processed. Depending on the type of electricity (green electricity or not) this point is more climate-friendly or more harmful. Another factor that is relevant when it comes to CO2 emissions is the transport of animals, meat and animal products. These are released into the air in the form of exhaust gases.

The rainforest also has a particularly important function here. It is also called the green lung of the planet and has a great influence on the global climate. It ensures that CO2 is converted into oxygen through photosynthesis. However, if more and more rainforest is cleared for fodder cultivation and animal grazing, it can decompose less CO2 and more CO2 rises into the atmosphere that was previously bound in the forests. So, you see, it all adds up to a lot...

We have focused on the four animal species most often mentioned in statistics and consumed around the world. To make the visualization more understandable, we have formed superordinate groups of age and species, so that we have come to the following pictograms:

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