Cows are not responsible for climate change

Date 01.13.2020 | Category: News
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In the public debate on climate change, cattle and dairy cows in particular are suspected of contributing excessively to the emission of climate-damaging gases. This is particularly true of methane, which is excreted by cows. However, satellite images from ESA show that in Brazil, a country with a particularly high proportion of cattle herds, the methane concentration in the atmosphere is rather low. In the heavily industrialised China or natural gas-producing country Russia, on the other hand, it is particularly high. According to the current status of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the interrelationships from the system between air, soil, grass and animals are not yet sufficiently known. A central question is therefore: Do today's cattle and dairy cows contribute more to the greenhouse effect than the similarly large herds of wild animals before the industrial revolution? And what would it mean if this type of animal husbandry were to be abandoned? Prof. Peer Ederer from Zurich Institute of Business Education has examined various aspects of this question, also highlighting the importance of domesticated cattle farming for human nutrition and culture. His conclusion: Cattle and dairy cows can hardly be responsible for man-made climate change. It would therefore make no sense today, either for reasons of climate policy or for other reasons, to question the symbiosis between cattle farming and society, which is deeply rooted in our cultural heritage. Ederer’s research was sponsoed by the German Dairy Industry Association MIV.



Source: MIV
Author: Sossna
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