14 Sep. 2021 17:30
Greenpeace accuses Julia Klöckner (CDU) of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture to use computer tricks to keep greenhouse gas emissions low. The ministry regularly only names the direct figures from animal husbandry and leaves out indirect CO2 emissions. In fact, the greenhouse gas pollution is three times as high.
A new study by Greenpeace shows that the CO2 emissions from animal products are higher than generally assumed. The Federal Ministry of Agriculture only reports direct emissions from animal husbandry, methane from digestive processes and nitrous oxide from the storage and fermentation of liquid manure and solid manure on a regular basis. However, according to the criticism of Greenpeace, it suppresses the upstream indirect emissions of greenhouse gases, for example from the cultivation of animal feed and through land use. This is assigned to other sectors.
According to calculations by Greenpeace, the total impact on the climate caused by the production of animal-based foods, at 120 million tons of CO2 equivalents per year, is a good three times as high as stated by Federal Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner. Greenpeace agricultural expert Lasse van Aken:
“You can’t protect the climate with computer tricks. Animal husbandry in Germany is the elephant in the room, around which the federal government has been sneaking around for far too long when it comes to climate protection.”
The next federal government urgently needs to educate consumers and create incentives for less consumption of animal products. “Climate-damaging cheap meat is an obsolete model like coal – politics must now support farms in the conversion of animal husbandry,” demands Greenpeace.
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