Tue, 10 August 2021
Cattle producers are one of the targets of environmental groups that are concerned about global warming. The contention is that cattle production is one of the most harmful practices in agriculture or in any industry for global warming because cattle expect methane which is 28 times more efficient at trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide.
Those of us who enjoy raising cattle or other ruminants need to be concerned about this contention for a couple of reasons. First, if it is true then we need to innovate solutions to this problem very soon lest we have other people, from outside of our industry, legislate what they think will be appropriate solutions. Second, if it is not true but groups continue to spread this information as true and create anti-cattle production sentiment it will harm our industry without merit. If that is the case we need to educate ourselves to fight back against this.
Therefore, I have been concerned about this issue because it has looked like a no-win situation for cattle producers. Today, as I record this episode there are articles out talking about the United Nation's "Code Red" warning for the world regarding global warming. Seeing all these headlines got me researching this issue. I came across an interesting article from November of 2020 dealing with methane emissions from cattle, and I wanted to share it with you on this episode to help arm you with the correct information.