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1515: Greenhouse gas impacts of beef production

This paper has been prepared from the National Trust report ‘What’s your beef’

Year of Publication2012

The GHG impact of extensive beef production is not as high as previously calculated - extensive grazing may be carbon neutral or positive. When the true benefits to ecosystem services and human health are included extensive livestock production is the best use of grassland to produce food. There need to be more formal and robust market mechanisms that reward farmers for the wider ecosystem benefits that extensive, grass-fed beef brings.

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