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FAO Report Highlights Opportunities for Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions in Livestock

Monday, September 30, 2013

(American Meat Institute)

A new report from the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations says that 14.5 percent of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide are caused by livestock production, and says this number can be greatly reduced by using the most efficient production methods available. "Within livestock production systems, there is a strong link between resource use efficiency and the intensity of GHG emissions," notes FAO's report. "The potential for achieving emissions reductions lies in enabling all livestock producers to change to practices already being used by the most efficient operators."

In response to the report, AMI noted that the 14.5 percent number is a worldwide number and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates the impact of meat production in the U.S. to be 3.4 percent. The U.S. meat industry provides a great example of technologies that can be used to reduce the environmental impacts and continues to research additional ways to become more efficient to limit our environmental impact.

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