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Animals eat energy
Article Type: News From: International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Volume 61, Issue 1
According to a 2008 study, the entire process of raising an animal from birth to dinner table is responsible for 14 percent of total global warming in the European Union.
While farmers work to “go green,” Dr John Hermansen of Aarhus University (Denmark) has found that there are several steps livestock producers can take to reduce their carbon footprints even further. Hermansen’s paper, co-authored by Aarhus University scientist Dr Troels Kristensen, was published in the July 2011 issue of the animal agriculture magazine Animal Frontiers.
To measure carbon footprint, Hermansen and Kristensen looked at life cycle assessment (LCA) studies, which tracked carbon output through meat and dairy production. The LCA includes analyses of livestock management steps like feed transportation, manure handling, and protein production.