Climate Change / Livestock / Research

Clearing the air: Livestock’s contribution to climate change

Despite oft-repeated claims by sources ranging from the United Nations to music star Paul McCartney, it is simply not true that consuming less meat and dairy products will help stop climate change, says a University of California authority on farming and greenhouse gases.

“We certainly can reduce our greenhouse-gas production, but not by consuming less meat and milk.”

“Rather, in developed countries, we should focus on cutting our use of oil and coal for electricity, heating and vehicle fuels.”

“In developing countries, we should adopt more efficient, Western-style farming practices, to make more food with less greenhouse gas production,” Mitloehner continued.

Most of Mitloehner’s analysis is presented in a recent study titled “Clearing the Air: Livestock’s Contributions to Climate Change,” published in October in the peer-reviewed journal Advances in Agronomy. Co-authors of the paper are UC Davis researchers Maurice Piteskey and Kimberly Stackhouse.

Read more … (Advances in Agronomy – restricted access)

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