The White House on Wednesday argued that ranchers and farmers should still try to reduce cattle emissions in order to prevent climate change, which would also help reduce meat prices.
National Economic Council director Brian Deese blamed industry consolidation and supply chain disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic for rising meat prices. But he also warned about supply disruptions caused by climate change.
“Resilience is also important with respect to the realities of a climate-affected world and a climate-affected country,” Deese said in response to a reporter who asked him about emissions caused by meat production.
The left frequently argues against meat consumption, noting that the methane gas issued by cow farts hurts the ozone layer protecting the earth.
Deese pointed to recent “extreme” natural disasters, such as wildfires, flooding, and hurricanes — which he blamed on climate change — for disrupting supply chains.
He added that