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Global emissions from livestock production account for 7.5 billion tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year, representing 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. (Steinfeld, et al 2006)


Brazil - Livestock Case Study

Livestock systems occupy approximately 30 percent of the planet’s ice-free terrestrial surface area and account for 8 percent of the total use of fresh water. The demand for livestock products in developing countries will nearly double by 2050 as a result of human population increases, urbanization, and growing economic prosperity. The main sources and types of greenhouse gases from livestock systems are CO2 from land use and its changes.


A moderate intensification of livestock production (raising more cattle on the same amount of land) has enormous potential to prevent an increase of several billion metric tons of CO2e without falling short of production targets. In addition, there are several methods for reducing emissions from livestock production, including:

  • adoption of improved pastures,
  • diet intensification options,
  • land use options,
  • changing breeds.

Help us continue our research and identify opportunities; read our case study in the Brazilian livestock market.

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