The Environmental Impact Of Livestock Production And Global Warming

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Livestock Production and Global Warming Global Warming is the rising issue for all the creatures on the Earth, and Scientists have been discovering the reasons and solution for the global environmental issue for decades. The common reasons people know about global warming are the industries and transportations or even the earth’s natural processes. However, there is another main source of global warming, which is livestock production. In this synthesis paper, the environmental impact of livestock production, the possible solution of environmental issues caused by livestock production, and the impact of climate change on livestock production will be introduced. According to the book called Livestock the long shadow, livestock production …show more content…
The greenhouse gas released from livestock production includes Carbon dioxide (CO2), methane, Nitrous oxide, and Ammonia. First, 9 percent of anthropogenic emissions of carbon dioxide are released from livestock production. When cultivating livestock, a large amount of crop is consumed, and the conventional tillage of land for such a great amount of crop lead to the emissions of 18 million tons of carbon dioxide, to sequestered 18 million tons of CO2, we need to have 14.8 million acres of forests to work for one year. Also, if the grazing lands are dry lands, desertification happens, which accounted for about 100 million tons of Carbon Dioxide emissions, and to sequester these amount of CO2, we need to preserve 77.2 thousand acres of forest from conversion to cropland. Furthermore, CO2 is not only released from soil during livestock production, but also released from processing and refrigerated transport as several tens of million tons CO2 was released from processing and 0.8 to 1 million tons of CO2 was released from meat transportation. Second, livestock production is responsible for 35 to 40 percent of global anthropogenic emissions of methane. 86 million tons of methane is released by …show more content…
Takahashi focuses on the mitigation of pollution caused by livestock production. According to Takahashi, the major GHGs attributed to livestock production are methane and Nitrous oxide. By using metabolic Hydrogen gas (H2) , CO2 can be reduce to Methane, and prophylactics such as probiotics and prebiotics can “manipulate rumen microbial fermentation by enhancing propionate production via the acrylate pathway.” Also, Ammonia from manure of livestock contributed to atmospheric pollution, and the pollution caused by nitrogen emissions can be reduced by

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