There is a growing recognition that comparing greenhouse gas emissions from livestock to, for example, emissions from transport is a case of apples and oranges – this development is being keenly watched by the agriculture industry.
t a national and global level we measure our climate impact, producing ‘accounts’ of our emissions. When auditing we try to convert everything to a standard unit for comparison and, as the most common greenhouse gas, we tend to use carbon dioxide.
In 2018 a whopping 22pc of our total equivalent carbon dioxide emissions were attributed to enteric fermentation and manure management – ruminants such as cattle and sheep producing the powerful greenhouse gas methane from their waste and as they belch.
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