Climate Change, the answer is bullocks

Eat less meat save the planet – right?? Not quite!! Complex issue and as I say all to frequently – Beware single issue environmentalism!!

Explains how you shop and eat can potentially mitigate Climate Change.

A comprehensive review of the impact of beef, cattle, methane and Climate Change.
This in depth briefing raises challenges to all who have an interest in beef, livestock, land management or the environment. Farmers, livestock & food producers, consumers, land managers, soil scientists and policy makers should find issues for discussion.
Intensive and extensive cattle rearing systems are compared and the apparent higher Climate Change impacts of the latter is explored. The validity of Kyoto/ IPCC greenhouse gas emissions calculations is challenged.
The historic trends in cattle/ruminant numbers in UK and America are examined and found to be largely irrelevant. The underlying issue of soil management is identified as the significant factor. The deeper impact of nitrogen fertilisers is raised.
For the consumer, overseas sourcing and how to reduce the energy cost of beef by 50% is explained — along with other benefits including offsetting Climate Change.
The natural carbon cycle & nitrogen cycle, and the critical function of grassland to offset global fossil fuel emissions is outlined.
The importance of grazing cattle and their “waste” in maintaining and enhancing biodiversity and farmland birds is demonstrated.
Contrary to reported trends, a 10 year analysis of the grassland soils reveals an increase in carbon sequestration that is significantly higher than generally accepted norms — factors are discussed.
Soil carbon (SOC) and soil organic matter (SOM) are explained and its critical function in enhancing soil fertility and increasing crop yields (20%?) explored — indicating that there is a very large CO2 bill that is not currently being set against cereals and cattle feed.
Grass or Pasture Fed livestock are found to have a significant impact on Climate Change, but concludes that the policy focus should be on an integrated approach to the carbon cycle and soil management.
NB.Your inputs, or amendments, that would further discussion and increase the understanding of this complex, but important topic would be welcomed.
The causes of Climate Change, the sources and global warming potential of greenhouse gases are explained in the briefing “Energy & Climate Change — understanding the global drivers”
Duration 56 mins
The topic — “Cattle Grassland, Carbon sequestration and soil fertility” commences at 24 mins — briefing may be split at this point and remaining viewed subsequently. Note streaming limits.

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The briefings constructed and led by:-
Dave Stanley
Director – e3.
Fellow Institute Environmental Management and Assessment.
Chartered Environmentalist. Certified Environmental Auditor.

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