Cattle Ranchers Some of The World's Real Environmentalists

Cattle Ranchers Some of The World's Real Environmentalists

Cattle can add significant value to the land.

There has been some speculation out there that livestock production is producing a lot of greenhouse gases, particularly cattle production. A new study, “Clearing the Air” published in March by the University of California-Davis, found that the United Nations’ 2006 report titled, “Livestock’s Long Shadow,” had many inaccuracies.

The main point is that the original report found that livestock production accounts for 18% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. But during that same time, other organizations, such as the World Resources Institute and the Environmental Protection Agency found that this number was actually between 5 and 6%.

The study in March found that in the United States, 2.8% of all greenhouse gas emissions can be attributed to livestock production, compared to 26% from transportation.

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