Today we launch our latest in-depth report on the topic of grazing livestock and climate change. Written by an international group of experts led by FCRN’s Tara Garnett, this report adds clarity to the debate around livestock farming and meat and dairy consumption. Grazed and Confused? dissects claims made by different stakeholders in the debate about so called ‘grass-fed’ beef, the greenhouse gases the animals emit, and the possibility that, through their grazing actions, they can help remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. It evaluates these claims and counterclaims against the best available science, providing an authoritative and evidence-based answer to the question: Is grass-fed beef good or bad for the climate?
Grazed and confused? is aimed at policy makers, the food industry, civil society and all those concerned with the future of land use, climate change and the role of livestock in a sustainable food future. Please share with interested colleagues or friends and let us know what you think by leaving your comments in our forum, contributing to the discussion in the twitter feed, or by sending one of us an email.
Over the coming weeks, we will be updating the project website regularly. For now, you may be interested in a blog by Tara Garnett originally published in The Conversation, commentaries by Johan Rockström and Tim Benton and a recorded webinar which explains the findings and the science behind the report.
Garnett T, Godde C, Muller A, Röös E, Smith P, de Boer IJM, Ermgassen E, Herrero M, van Middelaar C, Schader C and van Zanten H (2017). Grazed and confused? Ruminating on cattle, grazing systems, methane, nitrous oxide, the soil carbon sequestration question. Food Climate Research Network, University of Oxford www.fcrn.org.uk
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The FCRN team