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Auditing Bovine CO2 Emissions - 08/08/2007
 
Production of 1kg of beef creates more greenhouse gas emissions than motoring for 3 hours while leaving the lights on at home, according to a new study conducted in Japan.
Production of 1kg of beef creates more greenhouse gas emissions than motoring for 3 hours while leaving the lights on at home, according to a new study conducted in Japan.

The country’s National Institute of Livestock and Grassland Science, Toukuba, examined greenhouse gas emissions by way of methane from beef cattle; the energy required to create the beef, including feed production, husbandry, transport, slaughtering, butchering and packaging; plus the environmental effects of production methods.

“The results showed that the total contributions of one beef calf throughout its life cycle to global warming, acidification, eutrophication, and energy consumption were 4,550 kg of CO2 equivalents.” (Meat Trades Journal 03/08/07).
 
 
 

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