Canadian cattle ranchers are continuing to work on strategies to lower their greenhouse gas emissions with the release of two recent papers.

Canadian beef industry working on climate change solutions

It’s well known that certain farming practices contribute to the rising rate of greenhouse gases.

It’s well known that certain farming practices contribute to the rising rate of greenhouse gases.

What isn’t as well known is that Canadian beef producers have been working hard to reduce their contributions.

Through the National Beef Sustainability Assessment, the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef completed a recent social and economic study. It was part of the industry’s preparations for discussions on its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). It’s especially significant considering the federal government’s release last month of its strategy on carbon pricing.

The study was meant to build a comprehensive understanding of the impact and contribution the industry makes on the environment, the country’s economy and to rural communities.

Bob Lowe, chairperson of the Canadian Cattleman’s Association (CCA) environment committee, noted Canada’s beef industry has one of the lowest GHG footprints per unit of production in the world —at 12 kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalent per kilogram of live weight. That works out to less than half the average of the rest of the world.

“Although the beef industry contributes to just 3.2 per cent of Canada’s total GHG footprint, we want to work together to find appropriate solutions,” Lowe said.

“This way we ensure one well-intended policy doesn’t negatively impact another environmental, social or economic goals we are working towards.”

According to the study, land used for beef production presently stores about 1.5 billion tonnes of carbon, while conserving 44 million acres of pasture that includes 32 million acres of native grasslands which is an ecosystem at-risk with less than 18 per cent of that land left in North America.

The study also found that, over the past 10 years, a 200 head cow-calf herd returned just an average of $17,559 to the Canadian producer, while the industry as a whole has contributed more than $41 billion to the economy and generated 228,000 jobs.

With industry margins being rather small and the need to remain globally competitive, the CCA is promoting a solutions-based dialogue as talks continue on climate change, which includes recommendations on a strategy to further reduce its footprint.

Among the recommendations are increasing productivity to reduce the per kilogram footprint, enhance producer resiliency to climate change impacts, support national and international talks and actions, scientific monitoring and more mitigation of emissions.

For more details on the CCA’s efforts and facts on climate change in beef production, head to and search for reducing greenhouse gases. Study results can be found at and_Strategy_summary_report_web1.pdf).


Just Posted

Wolf Creek Schools raises Treaty 6 flag for first time

Chiefs, school officials took part in a ceremony that is aimed at acknowledging Treaty 6 land

Pair arrested in Ponoka with several weapons, face 98 charges

Two men nabbed after early morning suspicious vehicle reported, stolen weapons found

UPDATE: 18-year-old Rimbey teen dies in collision

A portion of Highway 53 west of Rimbey is down to one lane while crews investigate

Ponoka County approves $70,000 to dredge Parkland Beach

Parkland Beach to see some dredging support from Ponoka County

Ponoka sets bylaw on cannabis retail, pushes for quick public consumption regulation

Town passes first reading on retail outlet bylaw, questions staff on need to separate public usage

Video: Flyers new mascot ‘Gritty’ a bearded, googly-eyed terror

The Philadelphia Flyers unveiled their new mascot Monday, and as one would expect of the team that gave us the “Broad Street Bullies,” he’s far from cuddly.

Edmonton cannabis company revenues more than triples to $19.1 million

Aurora Cannabis revenues more than triple in fourth quarter

Seattle one step closer to NHL after arena plan approved

Seattle City Council unanimously approved plans for a privately funded $700 million renovation of KeyArena

Hockey league gets $1.4M for assistance program after Humboldt Broncos crash

Program will help players, families, coaches and volunteers after the shock of the deadly crash

Canada has removed six out of 900 asylum seekers already facing U.S. deportation

Ottawa had said the ‘overwhelming majority’ had been removed

Appeal pipeline decision but consult Indigenous communities, Scheer says

The federal appeals court halted the Trans Mountain expansion last month

‘I’ll never forgive you:’ Victim impact statements at hearing for Calgary killer

Curtis Healy was found guilty of first-degree murder Friday in the death of Dawns Baptiste.

Man accused of mailing bomb to his brother in B.C. has died

Leon Nepper was found in ‘medical distress’ at the Whitehorse Correctional Centre on Sunday

Most Read