Meat companies looking to feed to reduce emissions

 

By Jane Byrne, FeedNavigator

13-Sep-2021

 

It is becoming increasingly clear that Europe’s meat sector needs to take major steps to move towards the goals on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as set out in the European Green Deal, says an analyst.

 

In an industry note​​, Thijs Geijer, a senior economist covering the food and agriculture sector for Dutch bank, ING, writes that a breakdown of the carbon footprint of European meat production shows that for every animal type, a large share of all emissions is linked to animal feed.

 

Besides direct emissions from feed production, feed is responsible for a large share of the emissions because of the land use and the inputs needed to grow animal feed, he said.

 

Emissions for different types of meat vary considerably though, acknowledged the food and agri market specialist. “Emissions to produce 1kg of beef protein in Europe are 2.5 times higher than 1kg of pork protein and 4.5 times higher than poultry. “​

 

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