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Greenhouse gas mitigation in the livestock sector Scientists have found that the global

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livestock sector, which supports about 1.3 billion producers and retailers around the world, can significantly reduce carbon emissions without impacting the economic and social benefits it delivers. The recent study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, estimates that livestock could account for up to half of the mitigation potential of the global agricultural, forestry and land-use sectors, which are the second-largest source of emissions globally. It is described by lead

A model silvopastoral farm established in Matiguas, Nicaragua. Fulani boy in Niger herds his family’s animals.

author Dr Mario Herrero, from CSIRO,

and sustainable diet, and the sector has

reduce greenhouse gas emissions at

as the most comprehensive analysis to

an important economic and social role,

the same time.

date as it considers both the supply and

particularly in developing countries.

demand sides of the industry.

“We need to increase the adoption

“We need to balance these health

of these different strategies by making

The study finds that we can get

outcomes and the economic and social

sure that we have the right incentives,”

the best mitigation potential from the

benefits, while also capturing the mitigation

Dr Herrero said.

livestock sector if we take an integrated

potential the livestock sector can offer.”

“If appropriately managed with

view of land use and practise change

Sustainably intensifying livestock

the right regulatory framework, these

that considers the whole of agriculture

production is one way this could be done,

practices can also achieve improved

and forestry, as well as looking at dietary

with management practices such as rotational

environmental health over and above

patterns and how we address the needs

grazing and dietary supplements working

the greenhouse gas benefits delivered,

of global nutrition. As explained by Dr

to increase livestock production, promote

for example, through improved ground

Herrero, “Livestock has a role in a healthy

carbon sequestration in rangelands and

cover and soil carbon.”

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