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Did you know that cattle are responsible for 41% of global deforestation?

Why cattle?

The cattle sector plays both positive and negative roles in agriculture. On one hand, it is a leading cause of environmental harm, contributing greatly to deforestation and climate change. On the other hand, cattle are vital for food security and economic stability, especially in regions with limited nutrients or economic opportunities. Proper management and limitations on herd size can result in net-positive environmental outcomes, including enhanced biodiversity and soil health. Therefore, focused efforts within this industry are essential to promote a shift towards more sustainable practices that effectively address climate change, protect the environment, and enhance the well-being of both people and animals.

Greenhouse gas emissions: Cattle contribute approximately 40% of global methane emissions.
Land use: Roughly 80% of agricultural land is used for livestock, primarily for grazing-based cattle systems.
Deforestation: Cattle alone are a driver of 41% of deforestation, which is greater than any other commodity.
Biodiversity loss: Cattle have a significant impact on biodiversity, representing 35% of global mammal biomass, while wild mammals account for only 4%.

What are the challenges?

The cattle sector faces critical challenges. While the livestock sector supports livelihoods and nutrition security for almost 1.3. billion people, it also undermines sustainability in many ways. Among all agricultural commodities and livestock species, the cattle sector poses the most significant sustainability challenges. Both supply and demand side issues, exacerbated by increasing global demand, need to be addressed. This underscores the importance of adopting sustainable management practices to balance environmental conservation with food security and economic growth.


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