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Reducing carbon ‘hoofprint’ can be done, says study

Soaring carbon emissions from a meat-hungry developing world could be cut back substantially by improving animal breeds and feed, according to a study.

Demand for livestock products is predicted to double by 2050 as a result of growing populations, urbanisation and better income in the developing world, leading to rise in emissions from the industry.

It is estimated that livestock farming contributes 18–51 per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions — and the study suggests that 12 per cent of the total livestock-related emissions in 2030 could easily be curtailed with simple improvements in production.

“Organisations from the West, especially the World Watch Institute, have continued to blame livestock keeping as one of the major polluters of the world, yet livestock keeping’s positives by far outweigh the negatives,” Mario Herrero, co-author of the paper and a senior scientist at International Livestock Research Institute told SciDev.Net…

Read more at SciDev.net, Reducing carbon ‘hoofprint’ can be done says study , 28th Sept 2010

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