Do food companies cause climate change?

During May of last year an environmentalist group named Oxfam issued a study hoping to prod (i.e. force) food and beverage companies such as General Mills, Coca Cola, and Pepsico to change their ways of making food in order to help reduce greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. According to the Los Angeles Times:

The companies emitted 263.7 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions in 2013, Oxfam said. If the group of companies were a nation, it would be the 25th most polluting country in the world, Oxfam said.

“They have the economic power to drive the required transformation of the food system and to influence the direction of the wider global economy,” the report said. “Their vested interests coincide with the world’s need for a cleaner and more equitable global food system and a sustainable energy system.

“But they are not properly acting upon this coincidence.”

The report said the food industry is responsible for a quarter of the globe’s greenhouse gases. (That figure is 10% in the U.S., according to the Environmental Protection Agency.)

Agricultural emissions include the nitrous oxide released from fertilizers and methane from livestock, as well as indirect emissions caused by deforestation and the production of raw materials.

The LA Times did point out that the report did laud some companies for recognizing the need to take steps to achieve sustainability and refusing to buy palm oil from deforested land, this is just a tactical back slap. The sinister end goal of advocacy like this is to destroy food production which, in turn, means more starvations in order to rid the planet of humans.

The below video is from a CNBC financial talk show which Heartland Institute president Joseph Bast debates Oxfam President Raymond Offenheiser.