August 11, 2014
Changing Livestock Diets Could Help Reduce Emissions
A new study says that there’s more profit for farmers in incorporating a higher quality feed in their livestock’s diets and it would help reduce carbon emissions as well. Livestock productions is responsible for 12% of human-related greenhouse gas emissions. The largest percentage of this is caused by land use change and deforestation. Researchers say that if farmers would mix higher-energy feed in the livestock diet mix along with the grass, less land-change would be needed. And there’s a bonus for farmers – livestock that eat more energy-rich diets grow faster and make more milk making more money for the farmer. Sounds to me like it just makes sense!