Netherlands wants to cut livestock herd by millions

Itís all about reducing pollution

 

by Fermin Koop, ZME Science (Romania)

September 10, 2021

 

Every country has to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, thatís a given. But how to do it depends on each one, with different strategies in place. For the Netherlands, fewer emissions mean less livestock, with a new government plan now being considered that would force most farmers to reduce the size of their cattle.

 

Back in 2019, the Dutch government was forced by the Supreme Court in The Hague to reduce its emissions even further, following a seven-year legal battle with a group of environmental NGOs. The government accepted the ruling and started thinking of ways to increase climate ambition, from cutting coal power to now reducing livestock.

 

Livestock production brings several environmental and public health effects. At the global level, it contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and the overuse of finite resources such as land and water. Locally, it contributes to nutrient surpluses, affecting soil and water quality, as well as causing toxicological effects of pesticide application.

 

These problems are especially relevant in locations with a large density of animal and human populations, such as in the case of the Netherlands. The country has one of Europeís largest livestock industries, with over 100 million cattle, chickens, and pigs. Itís also the largest meat exporter of the European Union, worth about 8.8 billion euros in 2020.

 

The future plans ...

 

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https://www.zmescience.com/ecology/netherlands-wants-to-cut-livestock-herd-by-millions/

Netherlands wants to cut livestock herd by millions

Itís all about reducing pollution

 

by Fermin Koop, ZME Science

September 10, 2021

 

Every country has to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, thatís a given. But how to do it depends on each one, with different strategies in place. For the Netherlands, fewer emissions mean less livestock, with a new government plan now being considered that would force most farmers to reduce the size of their cattle.

 

Back in 2019, the Dutch government was forced by the Supreme Court in The Hague to reduce its emissions even further, following a seven-year legal battle with a group of environmental NGOs. The government accepted the ruling and started thinking of ways to increase climate ambition, from cutting coal power to now reducing livestock.

 

Livestock production brings several environmental and public health effects. At the global level, it contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and the overuse of finite resources such as land and water. Locally, it contributes to nutrient surpluses, affecting soil and water quality, as well as causing toxicological effects of pesticide application.

 

These problems are especially relevant in locations with a large density of animal and human populations, such as in the case of the Netherlands. The country has one of Europeís largest livestock industries, with over 100 million cattle, chickens, and pigs. Itís also the largest meat exporter of the European Union, worth about 8.8 billion euros in 2020.

 

The future plans ...

 

more, including links†††† †

https://www.zmescience.com/ecology/netherlands-wants-to-cut-livestock-herd-by-millions/