Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Beef Production

A special report recently release by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said that big changes in global land use, agriculture and human diets are needed to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

Dr. Jason Rowntree

Agriculture, as it’s practiced today, is responsible for about 13% of all greenhouse gas emissions. The UN says eating less meat and wasting less food overall can play important roles in controlling greenhouse gas emissions by reducing or controlling demand.

Dr. Jason Rowntree of Michigan State University (MSU) says greater efficiency in meat production and making that production carbon neutral is part of the solution.

In this video, we visit with Rowntree at MSU’s Lake City Agricultural Research Center.  He explains that rotational grazing practiced at the Lake City facility mimics the way that bison migrated through the Great Plains. In this way, domesticated cattle are raised for sale and help to regenerate the soils.

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