Reducing Livestock Emissions


The Greenhouse Gases and Animal Agriculture Conference (GGAA), held October 3 to 8, 2010 in Banff, Alberta, Canada, produced some usable information to help operations tackle livestock emissions. From NationalHogFarmer.com, here are Ten Steps Toward Tackling Livestock Emissions:
  1. Avoid a one-size-fits-all mindset
  2. Use better measuring sticks in research
  3. Look for win-wins situations
  4. Anchor strategies in the rumen
  5. Take advantage of heritability
  6. Invest in modeling research to spur broad progress.
  7. Engage the developing world
  8. Don’t ignore the elephant in the room.
  9. Fix the metrics
  10. Get aggressive at all levels
Quote from Dr. Henry Janzen:
Humans and their livestock are intertwined to such an extent that their symbiosis will not likely soon be severed. Livestock offer many benefits to human society and they can help sustain the ecosystems of which they are a part. But that should not deter us from seeking even better ways of using livestock to steward the land on which we all depend.