Stop blaming meat for climate issues

By: Craig Powell

One of the founders of an initiative to improve understanding between farmers and non-farmers has blasted media outlets for misrepresenting the latest findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Ahuroa sheep and beef farmer Nicky Berger, who co-founded GrassFed in the City, says the latest IPCC report, Climate Change and Land, released last month has insisted that to minimise climate change, it is essential to switch to diets with less processed food and much higher levels of fruit and veggies, and low-carbon produced meats.

“Afterwards, I saw six different articles in national and international media that edited out the ‘low-carbon meat’ section of that statement,” she says.

Ms Berger says meat is being made the scapegoat for climate change problems because it is an easier target than major contributors such as the use of fossil fuels. ... read more

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