AIC welcomes FAO report on livestock production and climate change

Welcoming a new global report that highlights how both livestock efficiency can be improved and climate change impact reduced.

The Agricultural Industries Confederation, which recently launched the Feed Adviser Register (FAR) welcomes a new global report that highlights how both livestock efficiency can be improved and climate change impact reduced, provided ‘best practice’ on mitigating greenhouse gas emissions is communicated effectively.

The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has published a report Tackling Climate Change through Livestock which provides an in-depth assessment of the potential effects of livestock production on climate change.

“One of the key findings, at a global level, is the need to communicate best practice on ways to minimise greenhouse gas emissions,” says George Perrott, Head of AIC’s Feed Sector.

“This is exactly why FAR has been launched. UK governments recognised the potential to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions through implementing new techniques on-farm and the industry has responded with a voluntary scheme that is well-received and supported by the trade across the British Isles.”

By mid-October, the number of entries on the Register were approaching 1,000.

“The uptake reflects the UK feed industry’s commitment to the Register,” says John Kelley, Managing Director of AIC Services which operates FAR. “FAO highlights the challenges of rising demand for meat products and the consequent threat of rising GHG emissions, especially in least affluent countries.

“Through FAR, we will be able to contribute to efficient livestock production using the UK’s excellence in science and technology combined with the professionalism of advisers with, at all times, consideration to the environment.”

 

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