US Low carbon beef. . .

delilah

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Globally, beef cattle production generates about 5% of the world’s GHG emissions from a variety of sources within the beef production lifecycle, including enteric methane production, methane and nitrous oxide from manure and fertilizer, on-farm combustion emissions, and emissions embedded in consumed energy and materials.

Bollox does it.They are just doing a divide and rule, our beef is good for the planet, other beef is bad for the planet. Plenty on here will support that, but as you say it is dangerously misleading.
 

DaveGrohl

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Jesus wept. Just read the first bit of the Wired article. What an absolutely dreadful article. "Some scientists" and then followed that up with the ground zero of the clueless misinformation industry Poore & Nemecek. It’s pointless reading on when they’re so obviously utterly clueless as to the real science. What a state the world’s in when this sort of anti-science is referenced as authorative.
 

Dave645

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Arable Farmer
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I think that before anything gets labelled. As low carbon, that there is some logical way to judge it, now uk grass fed beef, living on grass, and fodder for the most part, may well more than deserve that title, and if a premium was to be had then they should get it, I would say this to uk beef producers if this could be used on uk beef and this discourages imported beef then, it’s not an unhelpful label, but I for one would want a UK system to judge it not a US one.
that said I am not in the industry so I will leave that for those that are to judge.
I will say it could be the good PR the uk animals producers need, if the way it was judged was trust worthy.
And put the climate change agenda back to where it should always have been with industry and the oil industry.
I read a leaflet the other day saying uk farming produces 10% of all uk emissions and industry only 20% now one industry has nearly all of the uk to offset its carbon emissions (farming) and the other doesn’t yet we still manage to be responsible for 10% and them only 20%, me thinks something stinks and it’s clever PR machines working for other industries.
 

DaveGrohl

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Cumbria
Thing is, "low carbon beef" is just a marketing tool. It’s no different to low carbon washing powder or low carbon cryptocurrency or low carbon airlines or even low carbon fertiliser. It’s not a scientific description it’s pure marketing. The fact is, no beef is high carbon when properly analysed using the correct numbers being put into the calculator (and I DON’T mean a carbon calculator). But the world thinks differently currently so we’re gonna suffer from these labels. I don’t see why someone is actually going to stop eating beef because they see a label saying low carbon on a piece of beef sitting next to the piece of beef they’re about to pick up. They might change to the one with the pricey label (cos that’s what it’s about) but they’re not going to turn away. I’m not sure it’s worth getting into a lather over.
 

DaveGrohl

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Cumbria
Having now read the Lowcarbonranch link above it’s actually not bad. Obv you have to ignore the fact that there’s no ref made at all to some actual science on methane (GWP*) and why it isn’t a problem so is appalling on that bit, but the rest of it explains beef and the carbon cycle and gives a positive message at least.
 

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