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California Scientist Believes Cattle Are Not Adding Extra Methane To The Environment

Mon, 01 Jun 2020 09:43:50 CDT

California Scientist Believes Cattle Are Not Adding Extra Methane To The Environment Cattle are not adding extra methane to the environment according to Dr. Frank Mitloehner, professor and air quality specialist in Cooperative Extension in the Animal Science Department at the University of California, Davis. Mitloehner was a keynote speaker during the recent virtual ONE, Alltech Ideas Conference.

“The carbon that is emitted by our animals is recycled carbon,” he said. “It came from atmospheric CO2, made it through plants and into our animals and was belched out, but after a while becomes CO2 again.”

Mitloehner has studied the methane cycle for years and emphasized methane gas does matter as it is a potent greenhouse gas.

However, if cattle herd numbers remain approximately the same, he said we are not adding more methane.

“This is a total change in the narrative around livestock, Mitloehner said.”

He predicted this will be the narrative in the years to come.

If cattle are not adding to global warming, then what is the culprit?

The California scientist said it is the burning of fossil fuels, not ruminant agriculture.

Anti-agriculture animal activists prefer to blame cows because Mitloehner believes they have an ulterior motive and agenda.

People critical of animal agriculture point at cows and feel this is a powerful tool to ostracize animal agriculture, he said.

Mitloehner said the bottom line is we can reduce methane and lower global warming without harming animal agriculture.

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