Crave Steak But Not The Impact?
A new study led by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada researchers found that over the years, Canada's beef sector has reduced its impact on the environment. Today, the production of one kilogram of beef creates 15% less greenhouse gas emissions than it did 30 years ago.
This improvement is the result of research in genetics, nutrition, reproduction and herd management, and of beef producers putting these into practice.
For example, for cattle nutrition, Canadian researchers are experimenting with cattle feed mixtures. Diets that are lower in fiber and higher in starch can improve a cow's digestion and reduce the amount of methane produced. Oilseeds (sunflower seeds, canola or flaxseeds) also contain more calories than most other feeds. This provides cattle with more energy for growth and lowers the amount of methane produced by up to 15%.
This research on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from cattle is gaining attention around the world.
- The Canadian beef industry (including veal) exported to 56 countries in 2016.
- Canada's beef and veal exports were valued at $2.3 billion in 2016.
- The top export market for Canadian beef and veal products is the United States, and the second is Hong Kong/China. Together, they represented 83% of total Canadian beef and veal exports (in volume), valued at $1.9 billion in 2016.
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