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While the beef industry in Alberta, and Canada as a whole, contributes very little to global greenhouse gas emissions, Alberta Beef Producers are always exploring reduction options through research and innovative management practices. 

Wondering About Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Beef? 

Will Eating Less Beef Reduce My Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

Is it true that livestock create more GHG emissions than global transportation? 

False — a Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report attributes 14.5% of global emissions to livestock. Food and Agriculture Organization. 2013. Tackling climate change through livestock: A global assessment of emissions and mitigation opportunities.

How does pastureland reduce greenhouse gases from the environment? 

Pasturelands remove greenhouse gases from the air and stores them in the soil. Removing cattle from these lands would put the land at risk for conversion to other land uses that could release more GHGs. 

Why do cattle produce methane gas? 

Cattle are able to digest grass and grains that other animals (including people) cannot. Microorganisms in the cattle’s stomach produce methane as a by-product. 

Beauchemin, K. and McGinn S. Reducing methane in dairy and beef operations: What is feasible? Prairie Soils and Crops. 1:3.