Grass-fed livestock – a climate solution?

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Grazed and Confused? set out to answer the question: can grazing livestock help to mitigate climate change? If so, by how much?

Food Climate Research Network (FCRN) attempts to address this question in their recent report that summarises the conclusions through an animation. The report reveals that good grazing management can boost the sequestration of carbon in some locally specific circumstances, but that this effect is time-limited, reversible, and at the global level, substantially outweighed by the greenhouse gas emissions the animals generate. In sum, while grazing systems may deliver a range of benefits and services – all of which merit further research – they are a net contributor to climate change, with limited potential for contributing to climate change mitigation.

To watch the animation click: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nub7pToY3jU&feature=youtu.be

Full report is available on: https://fcrn.org.uk/sites/default/files/project-files/fcrn_gnc_report.pdf