Australian red meat industry eyes on being carbon neutral by 2030
According to Richard Norton, Managing Director of Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), the Australian red meat industry can be carbon neutral by 2030. The positive results that stems from this initiative is not limited to just the environment, but it would put Australia above and beyond its competitors and provide further trust and integrity among the consumers of Australian red meat. The dividends that would eventually pay off for this project include:
Increased productivity in the red meat industry,
Additional farm income from carbon mitigation projects,
A major contribution to government targets on emissions reduction, and
Another strong assurance for consumers of the quality and integrity of our naturally produced, great tasting Australian red meat.
Incentives / Influences of Being Carbon Neutral
There are clear market signals from high influence international markets who are increasingly concerned about the provenance of their meat and also the emission it produces while the meat is being produced. Similarly, many affluential companies are pouring out hefty amounts of investment into projects that manufacture cultured and synthetic beef to lay claim to zero environmental and welfare impact.
Both sides of Australian Federal Parliament have committed to further reduce national carbon emissions by 2030 and most state governments have set carbon neutral targets.
According to MLA, potential strategies for reaching the target will include offsetting emissions with carbon farming, genetic selection and a potential vaccine to reduce methane production.
Expanding the use of legumes and dung beetles in pastures could also be used to offset emissions.
Vegetation management which is about land clearing and revegetation will help to reduce emissions.
The Savanna fire management (particularly operated in Northern Australia) which aims to tackle emissions of methane and nitrous oxide by reducing the frequency and extent of area burnt, particularly in the late dry season, compared with the average over a baseline period.
The Inevitability of Carbon Neutral Agriculture
With all these drivers in mind, the policies by the different governments worldwide and the change in consumerism and their perception towards sustainability, it is only a matter of time that the agricultural industry makes a move in flowing with the carbon neutral movement, and Australia being a major red meat exporting nation, have a unique opportunity to set an example for other nations to follow.
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