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Carbon farming: reducing methane emissions from cattle using feed additives

Feed additives or supplements can reduce methane emissions from ruminant livestock.Livestock produce significant amounts of methane as part of their normal digestive processes. Some feed additives can inhibit the microorganisms that produce methane in the rumen and subsequently reduce methane emissions.


Giant Meat and Dairy Companies Are Dominating the Plant-Based and Cellular Meat Market

By Philip H. Howard

Nearly every week a major media outlet publishes a headline announcing that a giant meat or dairy processor has acquired full or partial ownership of an “alternative protein” firm—such as JBS buying the Dutch firm Vivera, which competes with Beyond Meat in the European market, earlier this year. These new companies are making plant-based meat, dairy, or fish substitutes, working to commercialize lab-grown meat, and incorporating insects into foods like pasta and energy bars.


Meat accounts for nearly 60% of all greenhouse gases from food production, study finds

By Oliver Milman Photo: Jim West/Alamy Stock Photo

The global production of food is responsible for a third of all planet-heating gases emitted by human activity, with the use of animals for meat causing twice the pollution of producing plant-based foods, a major new study has found.


Investigation: How the Meat Industry is Climate-Washing its Polluting Business Model

By Caroline Christen Photo: Peter Reynolds

In February last year, the head of a leading global meat industry body gave a “pep talk” to his colleagues at an Australian agriculture conference.


What are we doing about dairy emissions?

By Sherry Listgarten Photo: UC Davis

I’m a big believer in each of us working to reduce our own emissions. But some things are harder than others, and for me I’m pretty stuck on dairy, and especially cheese. I’m not sure I even know how to eat a vegetarian meal without cheese.


Chicken or Beef? Both Contribute to Climate Change, New Study Finds

By Emily Denny Photo: iStock / Getty Images Plus

Curbing the world’s appetite for meat is necessary to combat the climate crisis, but global meat consumption is on the rise.

Beef cattle have an outsized environmental impact because they belch methane, a potent greenhouse gas. In total, they account for 3.7 percent of the United States’ total greenhouse gas emissions, and nearly half of all agricultural emissions, Inside Climate News reported. To replace beef, some environmentalists and scientists have suggested choosing chicken instead, which produces significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions.


Beefing over beef is a distraction the climate movement can’t afford

By Justine Calma Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Lately, it seems like forgoing red meat has become an unfortunate proxy for environmental credentials. Epicurious, for example, just announced that it will no longer publish articles or recipes with beef in a decision it calls, “not anti-beef but rather pro-planet.” And then there are headlines like “Why do some green activists eat meat?”


The ‘Beef’ With Beef: Cattle, Climate Change, And Alternative Meat

By Sherry Listgarten Photo: Liam Niemeyer

Many people might think of Blake Munger as a cattle farmer as he walks through his pasture land in western Kentucky, but he sees things a little differently nowadays.

“I don’t know which is more valuable, my cattle or the pasture at this point. I used to say cattle, but this plays a bigger role than the cattle,” Munger said, referring to the fields of fescue grass his black and red Angus cattle are grazing in.


From Beef to Chocolate, Illegal Deforestation Lurks Behind Your Favorite Everyday Foods

By Anastasia Moloney Photo: Flickr/CIFOR/Kate Evans

BOGOTA, May 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — Nearly 70% of tropical forests cleared for cattle ranching and crops such as soybeans and palm oil were deforested illegally between 2013 and 2019, a study showed on Tuesday, warning of the impact on global efforts to fight climate change.


Do We Have To Give Up Meat To Fight Climate Change?

By Robert Kunzig Photo: Joe Sohm

I was thinking about Brianna Randall’s article for us this week, about cattle ranchers in the Great Plains who are trying to bring fire back to the tall-grass prairie, when I picked up the Sunday Washington Post and read the latest food fight about meat. Nutritious tastiness or planetary menace? Responsible for 23 percent of global greenhouse emissions, as one opinion piece claimed, or merely 14 percent, according to another?