METHANE GAS AND LIVESTOCK FARMS – A WIN FOR AGRICULTURE
Dairy farms — and other livestock operations — can be leaders in the battle against climate change. Farmers have always been conservationists. Farmers take care of their land, in part because they rely on the land. Livestock farms are no different. Methane gas has been in the headlines lately, and for good reason. Methane, along with carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide, are the three main greenhouse gases (GHGs).
Anti-livestock media focuses on dairies and CFOs as being emitters of GHGs, but ignores the details. Methane is a powerful GHG, but it behaves differently than CO2, the main GHG from fossil fuels. According to a recent white paper by Dr. Frank Mitloehner, Dr. Ermias Kebreab, and Michael Boccadoro: