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The Western Producer: Implants seen as climate solution

January 26, 2024 — 

The Canadian cattle industry is facing a quandary.

With the global population expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050, beef production must increase to meet rising demand. On the other hand, there is greater pressure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in agricultural production.

Environment and Climate Change Canada says agriculture contributes about eight percent of total Canadian greenhouse gas emissions, and enteric methane emissions account for over a third of that total.

But according to Kim Ominski, director of the National Centre for Livestock and the Environment at the University of Manitoba, increasing the acceptance and adoption of hormone implants when raising beef could help solve this problem.

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