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Emissions from Animal Agriculture—16.5% Is the New Minimum Figure

Department of Social Sciences, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk L39 4QP, UK
Academic Editor: Mohammad Aslam Khan Khalil
Sustainability 2021, 13(11), 6276; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13116276
Received: 10 May 2021 / Revised: 27 May 2021 / Accepted: 28 May 2021 / Published: 2 June 2021
Knowledge production within the climate sciences is quickly taken up by multiple stakeholders, reproduced in scientific citation and the broader culture, even when it is no longer accurate. This article accomplishes two goals: firstly, it contributes to the clarification of the quantification of emissions from animal agriculture, and secondly, it considers why the dominant framing of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) on this subject focuses on maximizing production efficiency. Specifically, analysing the FAO’s own work on this topic shows that the often-used FAO estimate that emissions from animal agriculture amount to 14.5% of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is now out of date. In returning to the FAO’s own explanation of its data sources and its more recent analysis of emissions from animal agriculture, this article finds that the figure of minimum estimate should be updated to 16.5%. The tendency of the FAO to prioritize a technological approach focused on making animal production more “eco-efficient” is critically examined in light of many other evidence-based calls for reductions in animal consumption. An explanation for this FAO approach is offered in terms of a type of epistemological bias. View Full-Text
Keywords: animal agriculture; climate change; emissions; epistemological bias; FAO; GLEAM; sociology of science; United Nations animal agriculture; climate change; emissions; epistemological bias; FAO; GLEAM; sociology of science; United Nations
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Twine, R. Emissions from Animal Agriculture—16.5% Is the New Minimum Figure. Sustainability 2021, 13, 6276. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13116276

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