Climate change and the livestock industry

In 2006, FAO published Livestock’s long shadow, which proved that the livestock industry is a signifigant contributor to greenhouses gas emissions and climate change.

In Tackling climate change through livestock: a global assessment of emissions and mitigation opportunities, published in September of this year, FAO reports that the livestock industry also has a large potential to reduce its emissions.

According to this report:

  • Sector emissions could already be brought down significantly just through the wider use of existing best practices and technologies. Technologies and practices that contribute to reducing emissions already exist, but could be used more widely.
  • A 30 percent reduction of GHG emissions would be possible if producers in a given system, region and climatic zone adopted the technologies and practices currently used by their least emission intensive (emissions per unit of animal product) peers.
  • Substantial emission reductions can be achieved across all species, systems and regions.

For more information, visit the site of the Livestock Environment and Development initiative (LEAD).  This initiative is an inter-institutional consortium whose secretariat is located at FAO.


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