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November 9, 2015

Did you know?

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Cattle are not the major cause of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. In fact, their contribution to greenhouse gases is much less than most people think. According to numbers from the Environmental Protection Agency, cattle production is not a top contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.

  • According to the Environmental Protection Agency in 2011:
    • Agriculture = 6.9% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
    • Livestock = 3.1% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
    • Methane from livestock = 2.8% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
    • Methane from beef cattle = 1.5% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
  • To compare with other industries:
    • Electricity Generation = 33% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
    • Transportation = 26% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
    • Industrial Use = 11% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
    • Residential and Commercial Use = 8% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

 

 

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