Carbon neutral livestock production — consumers want it and farmers say it is achievable
By Angus Verley, Aneeta Bhole, Tyne Logan and Lydia Burton, Landline, ABC News Australia
June 7, 2019
Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) believes a zero carbon footprint nationally — considered by some the holy grail for the red meat industry — is possible by 2030.
It is a target that has the backing of some of the industry's leading farmers, and the demand for projects is on the rise.
Climate Friendly, a carbon farming project developer, said the policy was a "hotbed of action".
"In western Queensland it's roughly 200 carbon farming projects, and Australia-wide it's a bit over 700," the organisation's Josh Harris said.
Globally, the livestock industry is believed to contribute about 14 per cent of human-related greenhouse gas emissions.
But good progress has already been made.
From 2005 to 2016, the beef industry reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 57.6 per cent.
Despite saying that carbon neutrality by 2030 is possible, MLA's managing director, Jason Strong, admitted it would not be easy.
"To take emissions from 20 per cent of the total national contribution in 2005 down to zero by 2030 is a very ambitious target," he said.
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