Study Finds Livestock Industry Disseminated Misleading Information on Climate Change, UM Research Shows


Study Finds Livestock Industry Disseminated Misleading Information on Climate Change, UM Research Shows

A new study, co-authored by a professor at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School, has found that the cattle industry infiltrated academia to downplay its role in climate change and promulgate junk science. Professor Jeniffer Jacquet emphasized how industry-funded initiatives within academic institutions have perpetuated misinformation and hindered meaningful action on climate change mitigation in the animal agriculture sector. Jacquet and Yale Law School research scholar Viveca Morris presented their findings in a recent article in the journal Climatic Change.

The livestock industry’s impact on climate change was detailed in the 2006 United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization’s 390-page report “Livestock’s Long Shadow.” This report provided the first global assessment of animal agriculture’s contribution to human-caused warming, land degradation, air pollution, water shortages, and loss of biodiversity. Industry-funded efforts within academia were examined, showing collaborations with academic researchers. Funding support from the beef industry created what appeared to be a phony scientific dispute that shifted blame away from cattle production.

The study evaluated the origins, funding sources, and activities of academic centers and researchers, emphasizing the need for transparency in academic-industry partnerships. Viveca Morris highlighted that the animal agriculture industry is a major contributor to the climate crisis, yet livestock greenhouse gas emissions, especially in the United States, remain effectively unregulated. This research sheds light on the importance of investing in local news for your town, as it is a vital resource for staying informed and educated on critical issues like climate change.

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