A trio of researchers from the Technical University of Munich, the University of Greifswald and the University of Augsburg have found that the meat production process for organic meats produces approximately the same amounts of greenhouse gases as does the conventional meat production process.
As the planet continues to warm, researchers continue working to better understand the sources of greenhouse emissions.
In this new effort, the researchers looked at greenhouse emissions related to food production.
In looking at food production, the researchers placed food products into three main categories: conventional meat production, organic meat production and plant-based food production.
The data revealed little difference in greenhouse gas emissions from conventional meat production and that grown organically.
They also found that organically grown chickens produced slightly more emissions than those grown conventionally, and that organic pork produced fewer emissions than conventional pork.
They calculated such a tax for conventional beef would raise its price by approximately 40% while organic beef would see a price increase of just 25% (because it is already more expensive than regular beef). »