A new study by the International Livestock Research Institute has found that reductions in greenhouse gases could be worth $1 billion dollars to poor livestock farmers if they could sell saved carbon on international markets.
Greenhouse gas emissions caused by livestock operations in tropical countries — a major contributor to climate change — could be cut significantly by changing diets and breeds and improving degraded lands, according to a new study published this week in the US Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. And as an added bonus, scientists found that small changes in production practices could provide a big payoff by providing poor farmers with up to US$1.3 billion annually in payments for carbon offsets.
“These technologically straightforward steps in livestock management could have a meaningful effect on greenhouse gas build-up, while simultaneously generating income for poor farmers,” said Philip Thornton of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), who co-authored the paper with ILRI senior scientist Mario Herrero.
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