Beef-addicted Uruguay aiming to make farming greener
Last year, Uruguay launched a livestock and climate initiative with the help of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). We hear from Rosa Correa, one of 62 farm owners to implement the programme, about its aims and objectives.
Rotating cattle to keep the grass long, synching cows' pregnancies and improving bovine diet are just some of the tactics Uruguayan farmers are using to mitigate the impact of cattle on climate change.
There are four cows for each person in Uruguay, the South American country of 3.4 million people where agriculture accounts for 75 percent of greenhouse gas emissions.
A large part of that comes from the methane emitted by cattle, meaning Uruguay has no choice but to focus on livestock if it wants to combat global warming.
Cattle methane, which accounts for 62 percent of emissions, "weighs heavily on climate change," said Cecilia Jones, the livestock ministry's coordinator on the issue.
Looking out across a group of 20 cows at her farm in the southeastern Lavalleja department, Rosa Correa remarked that "all these need to get pregnant."
Her farm is one of 62 taking part in a livestock and climate initiative launched by Uruguay in 2020 to help reduce direct and indirect emissions, sequester carbon in the soil and reverse land deterioration.
The programme, made possible with help from the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and funding from the Global Environment Facility, is meant to increase productivity "through smart climate practices," Soldeda Bergos, the initiative's coordinator, told AFP.#globalwarming #climatechange #carboncompensation #bluesky #climateemergency #climatecrisis #blueskye #blueskyefoundation #compensate #greentechexchange #zerocarbon #climatenews #blueskyelife #elonmusk #billgates #greentech #nasa #nasaclimate #greenfacts
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