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Greenhouse gas emissions from large dairy companies

This report from the international non-profit Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy examines the climate impacts of large dairy corporations. It finds that greenhouse gas emissions from the 13 largest dairy companies have increased by 11% over the last two years, alongside an 8% increase in milk production, and that none of these corporations has published plans to cut total emissions in their dairy supply chains. 

Read the full report, Milking the Planet: How Big Dairy is heating up the planet and hollowing rural communities, here. See also the Foodsource resource Introduction: what are the concerns with meat and dairy, and who are the major stakeholders in the debate?

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