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Record number 410098
Title Greenhouse gas mitigation in animal production: towards an integrated life cycle sustainability assessment.
Author(s) Boer, I.J.M. de; Cederberg, C.; Eady, S.; Gollnow, S.; Kristensen, T.; Macleod, M.; Meul, M.; Nemecek, T.; Phong, L.T.; Thoma, G.; Werf, H.M.G.; Williams, A.G.; Zonderland-Thomassen, M.A.
Source Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 3 (2011)5. - ISSN 1877-3435 - p. 423 - 431.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cosust.2011.08.007
Department(s) Animal Production Systems
WIAS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2011
Keyword(s) nitrous-oxide emissions - dairy-cows - production systems - ruminal microorganisms - environmental-impact - carbon sequestration - livestock production - agricultural soils - milk-production - linseed oil
Abstract The animal food chain contributes significantly to emission of greenhouse gases (GHGs). We explored studies that addressed options to mitigate GHG emissions in the animal production chain and concluded that most studies focused on production systems in developed countries and on a single GHG. They did not account for the complex interrelated effects on other GHGs or their relation with other aspects of sustainability, such as eutrophication, animal welfare, land use or food security. Current decisions on GHG mitigation in animal production, therefore, are hindered by the complexity and uncertainty of the combined effect of GHG mitigation options on climate change and their relation with other aspects of sustainability. There is an urgent need to integrate simulation models at animal, crop and farm level with a consequential life cycle sustainability assessment to gain insight into the multidimensional and sometimes conflicting consequences of GHG mitigation options. Highlights ¿ Most studies that address options to mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the animal production focus on systems in developed countries and on a single GHG. ¿ Current decisions on GHG mitigation in animal production are hindered by the complexity and uncertainty of the combined effect of GHG mitigation options on climate change and their relation with other aspects of sustainability. ¿ There is an urgent need to integrate simulation models at animal, crop and farm level with a consequential life cycle sustainability assessment to gain insight into the multidimensional and sometimes conflicting consequences of GHG mitigation options.
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