A global industry backlash has led the United Nations (UN) to delete its tweet claiming the meat industry was responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than oil companies.
Posted on Sunday July 26, the official UN account tweeted: “The meat industry is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the world’s biggest oil companies.
“Meat production contributes to the depletion of water resources and drives deforestation.
“See how you can ActNow to protect our planet.”
A day later, the account also tweeted about the dangers of sharing misinformation on abilities to make progress on global issues, encouraging social media users to verify facts before sharing facts.
Across the globe farming unions, such as the Cattle Council of Australia, slammed the UN for its irony and over-simplified claim regarding the impact of the meat industry on climate change.
In a 15-tweet thread, Frank Mitloehner, a UC David professor and air quality CE specialist said: “To throw blame on animal agriculture for the planet’s climate crisis while essentially giving big oil a pass is reckless.
"It not only ignores science but distracts from real solutions.”
The UN has since deleted its post.