The report asserts that the potential for reducing emissions will require all livestock producers to conform to practices already being used by the most efficient producers. These practices include:
- improving feed quality and feeding techniques to reduce methane, CH4, and nitrous oxide
- improving breeding and animal health interventions to allow herd size to shrink
- better management of grazing lands to improve productivity and create carbon sinks to help offset emissions
- switching to feed that requires less energy to produce
FAO offers solutions to the problem of incentivizing change, such as financial incentives to offset risks and initial investments for producers, among other suggestions.
For the full report please see the FAO’s Tackling Climate Change Through Livestock.
Written by Sarah L. Doyle - Research Assistant
The Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center
September 30, 2013