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Is Livestock Causing Climate Change?

“Livestock matters to climate change. The sector contributes 7.1 gigatonnes (giga=billion) CO2-eq (equivalent) to global anthropogenic GHG emissions – a contribution that can be readily reduced by up to one-third – placing the sector as an integral part of any solution to climate change.”  FAO Report Rome, 2013

Once again, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) has weighed in against agriculture and livestock. The 115-page FAO report entitled “Tackling Climate Change Through Livestock” was released September 26, 2013.

The report was written by several people including Dr. Pierre Gerber, a PhD. from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland.

Harshly criticized

Gerber has on occasion been harshly criticized by University of California professor Dr. Frank Mitloehner, who has stated that it is “Simply not scientifically accurate to blame livestock for climate change.”

Read the rest of this post on Gary’s FarmFutures.com Blog – Defending Agriculture.

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