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Cattle farming and climate change

During the last ten years, the context on climate change has changed. The reports by FAO, the “Grenelle de l’environnement” in France, the international conferences on climate contributed to awareness on the link between human activities, including agriculture, and climate change. In this framework, numerous investigations were conducted at European and international scale in order to specify emission mechanisms and livestock's contribution to greenhouse (GHG) emissions. Several countries (United States, New Zealand, Italy and Netherlands) have set goals on reducing GHG emissions from livestock and milk/beef carbon footprint. Other countries (Ireland, France) have launched low carbon approaches in farms.
While the mean beef carbon footprint produced in France is around 14 kg CO2 eq/ kg live weight, many mitigation practices are identified to reduce GHG emissions and increase the contribution to carbon sequestration. For their implementation in farms, a large European program named LIFE BEEF CARBON has been implemented. Involving 2 000 French, Irish, Italians and Spanish beef farmers, it aims to reduce by 15% the beef carbon footprint over 10 years.

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