Regenerative agriculture is not without its controversies. Proponents of rotational grazing have long been at the vanguard of the growing interest in ‘carbon farming’ but a recent study suggests that livestock will remain part of the problem, rather than becoming part of the solution. Watch this space for the inevitable counterclaim.
If you thought eating only “grass-fed” hamburgers could absolve you from climate change guilt, think again. There’s a lack of evidence that livestock (such as cattle, sheep, and goats) dining on grassland has a lower carbon footprint than that fed on grains, as some environmentalists and “pro-pastoralists” claim, according to a new report by an international group of researchers led by the Food Climate Research Network (FCRN), based at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.