Population Matters

Bovines and greenhouse gasses

Bovines and greenhouse gasses

The National Academy of Sciences has produced a report which puts bovines, extensively bred to accommodate growing population, urbanisation and rising incomes, as responsible for seventy five percent of global emissions of greenhouse gases among livestock, with Europe and America leading world’s beef production.

The study could be seen as a recent acknowledgement of the increasing problem meat consumption poses for the broader environment; for example, WHO estimated that a hectare of beef and lamb production could feed only 1 or 2 people per year, whereas the same area dedicated to potatoes and rice could feed 22 and 19.

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