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Reconciling Climate and Livestock Production?

FAO's latest State of Food and Agriculture report

The 2009 State of Food and Agriculture report was delayed for several months. After the disaster of Copenhagen, one could have expected it to provide the necessary guidance to policy changes for saving the Planet from further increases of greenhouse gases emitted from livestock that are estimated to be higher than from the transport sector. But FAO’s suggestions are comparable to rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic, Susanne Gura writes.


Particularly, the Worldwatch Institute had come up with new figures correcting FAO’s 18% to 51% of anthropogenic CO2 equivalents originating from livestock, and making a number of proposals on how to reduce them fast. The fact that methane has a half life of only 7 to 8 years triggers the idea of eating less meat to allow time for rendering the energy and transport sectors more sustainable ...

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