The link between livestock agriculture (particularly but not exclusively industrial agriculture) and climate change is getting some serious discussion, albeit not by those who actually pass laws about such things. I’ve blogged about the issue here and am finishing up an essay for the Animals & Society Institute on CAFOs and climate change.
Legal Planet has a post discussing a colloquy at Grist.org about the issue. The Grist dialogue features Tom Philpott, a sustainable agriculture maven from North Carolina, and Eliot Coleman, an organic farmer and author from Maine. Essentially, Philpott claims that meat agriculture is a significant contributor to climate change and Coleman says it isn’t (although he decries industrial agriculture). You can decide for yourself who gets the better of the exchange. The trio of essays (Sean Hecht’s Legal Planet post and the Grist exchange) very much merit reading.
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