Millions of small-scale food producers on a collision course with climate change

argylesock says… Livestock, especially ruminants such as cattle and sheep, come in for bad press about their burps warming the world. But in some places, farming ruminants is the best way to use land. Please note this ILRI article’s conclusion. ‘For people living in absolute poverty and chronic hunger, the solution is not to rid the world of livestock, but rather to find ways to farm animals more efficiently and profitably, as well as sustainability.’

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Women thresh grain in NigerLivestock development in poor countries will face increasingly stiff regulations for operating in a carbon-constrained economy.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimated in 2006 that global livestock contributes up to 18% of global greenhouse gas emissions, mainly from land use change (carbon dioxide), enteric fermentation from ruminants (methane) and manure management (nitrous oxide).

To help the world’s 600 million livestock keepers not only increase their livestock production but do so efficiently and sustainability will require continuing advances in the three traditional pillars of livestock development: breeding, feeding and health.

And much more.

A 4-degree warmer world could plausibly be reached by 2070 or even 2060. This will mean average temperature rises of a massive 15ºC in the Arctic, and 3–8ºC in the world’s most populated areas.

Agriculture is highly sensitive even to a 2-degree scenario; a 4-degree world is beyond our knowledge and experience.

Livestock and agricultural researchers foresee profound…

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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