NY Attorney General Sues World’s Largest Beef Producer Over Methane Emissions and Climate Commitments

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NY AG: Company’s carbon footprint makes net zero goals unattainable

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Letitia James, New York Attorney General, filed a lawsuit in New York against JBS USA, which is the world’s largest beef producer, for “greenwashing” and misleading the public on the environmental impact.

James said that JBS USA’s commitments to achieve zero emissions by 2030 or 2020 are misleading and “not possible” due to the global beef production operations.

James stated in a press release that “as families continue facing the daily impacts of climate crises, they are willing to spend more money on brands which are better for the planet. When companies lie about sustainability, they deceive customers and put the planet at risk.

She added, “JBS USA’s greenwashing exploits pockets of everyday Americans while promising a healthy world for future generations. “My office will ensure that companies don’t abuse the environment or the trust of their hardworking clients to make money,” she said.

Letitia James, New York Attorney General, speaks during a press event in New York City, on September 21, 2022.

State Democrats as well as national climate advocacy groups like Earthjustice and Friends of the Earth US applauded the suit.

Peter Lehner is an attorney for Earthjustice. He said JBS has repeatedly claimed that it will achieve net zero by 2040.

James cited several examples where JBS USA executives and the company made promises to reduce the impact they have on the environment. JBS USA with its market value exceeding 10 billion dollars annually, as well as the North American Beef Business, which generates tens or hundreds of millions of dollars per year, has recognized the desire of consumers for sustainable products.

A JBS pork processing plant is located in Worthington, Minnesota.

JBS announced in March 2021 that it would achieve net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases by 2040. The indirect emissions downstream were included. JBS began a public relations campaign to promote the pledge.

JBS announced new sustainability initiatives as well as investments at the United Nations Climate Summit in Dubai held late last year.

Nikki Richardson, of JBS USA, wrote in an email sent to Fox News Digital that JBS was “committed to a sustainable agricultural future”. “We do not agree with the actions that were taken by the New York Attorney General’s Office today.”

She said, “JBS remains unwavering in our belief that American agriculture is capable of feeding the world sustainably. ”

Cattle and cows are herded on a Colorado ranch.

James’ lawsuit is a response to environmental groups, legislators, and others who are focusing on agriculture. Nature Food’s 2021 study found that global food production, including land-use changes, packaging and agricultural production, as well waste management, produced 18 billion tons of CO2 every year. That is 34% of all global emissions.

John Kerry, the international climate envoy of President Biden, warned last year about the need for concerted efforts in agriculture to achieve green goals.

Kerry stated that he understood the magnitude of the mission.”