The waste produced by the pork and chicken industry accounts for an estimated 5 percent of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new report by the University of Minnesota’s T.J. Miller Center for Environmental Justice.
Miller and colleagues examined the environmental impact of more than 60 types of industrial waste, and found that a quarter of that waste was produced by Tyson Foods, a large meatpacking company that also makes duck processing plants and the meat from duck eggs.
The waste also created the equivalent of one million truck trips a day.
Miller says Tyson’s waste has become a major source of methane pollution.
Miller told NBC News that Tyson is the largest producer of poultry waste in the U.s. and accounts for more than a quarter.
“It’s like the largest pork and beef producer in the country,” he said.
“But it’s definitely an issue.” “
Miller’s report was published in Environmental Justice’s Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy. “
But it’s definitely an issue.”
Miller’s report was published in Environmental Justice’s Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy.
It finds that Tyson’s emissions are “largely responsible for the significant contribution” of methane emissions to global warming, as well as a significant role played by industrial waste from other sources.
The report also found that Tyson has increased the amount of methane it releases, from 0.7 percent in 2000 to 8.6 percent in 2015.
The company is facing increasing scrutiny from Congress, which is considering a $13.7 billion proposal to cut its carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2025.