The American Feed Industry Association, European Compound Feed Manufacturers’ Federation and the International Feed Industry Association are joining with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization to find a better way to measure the environmental impact of raising livestock.
University of California-Davis professor Frank Mitloehner will chair the effort for the first year, he says the goal of the project is to first bring about an accurate way to measure greenhouse gas emissions from livestock production and then use that information to develop better ways to feed livestock while reducing the environmental impact. Mitloehner gained international attention when he challenged an FAO report in 2009 which estimated the greenhouse gas emissions from livestock production exceeded transportation emissions. The professor found an error in the author’s calculation prompting the FAO to retract the report.
The FAO estimates by the year 2050, global meat consumption will increase by nearly 73 percent and dairy consumption will grow by 58 percent.