May 02, 2016

White paper addresses role of livestock in greenhouse gas emissions


May 2, 2016 – A white paper, defining the role that animal agriculture and other sectors of society play in their respective contribution of greenhouse gases, has been released. Authored by Dr. Frank Mitloehner, Professor and Air Quality Specialist in the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis, the paper examines “Livestock’s Contributions to Climate Change: Facts and Fiction.” 

Dr. Mitloehner writes: “One certainly cannot neglect emissions from the livestock sector but to compare them to the main emission sources would put us on a wrong path to solutions, namely to significantly reduce our anthropogenic carbon footprint to reduce climate change.”

To view a UC Davis blog post containing the white paper, click here. Agricultural organizations, including the American Feed Industry Association, have voiced their support of the white paper.

On a related note, be sure to read the ASAS Grand Challenge on “Agricultural Animals and Climate Change,” as well as the ASAS policy statement on “Climate Change.”

Image shows greenhouse gas emissions by sector, from “Livestock’s Contributions to Climate Change: Facts and Fiction”