Measuring and Controlling our Carbon Footprint
Whilst the worldwide demand for milk and meat is growing the farming world has been subject to controversies, particularly over its environmental impact and mainly its emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG), water consumption and use of natural resources.
As well as the need to make society aware of the service provided by farming especially in terms of satisfying food requirements, employment in rural areas, land occupation, preservation and maintenance of land and the countryside, contribution to rural life and territorial services, farming is stalwartly committed to a strategy for reducing GHGs, already widely begun with the capture of carbon by pastures, better management of effluents, good practice in the conduct of the farm in terms of feed rations.
Amongst other measures for improvement, in particular use of precision agriculture techniques, optimisation of livestock renewal, use of artificial insemination and the use of breeding animals which provide genetic and health improvements should all be noted. In this context animal selection and reproduction companies are not remaining inactive in the face of this challenge for society. They are committed to sustainable development especially by financing a study conducted by their union, Allice, in order to:
- assess the carbon footprints linked to the artificial insemination (AI) procedure and the production of a straw of frozen bovine semen
- identify the critical points for the emission of GHGs
- direct decisions towards possible reductions
In this way anticipate the expectations of world markets by providing a consistent image to the outside world and therefore more weight to the sector on this subject.