We have a problem. The environment secretary, George Eustice – the highest green authority in the land – is, in a crucial respect, a climate denier.
In an interview with the Telegraph, he claimed that “livestock, particularly if you do it with the right pastoral system, has a role to play in tackling climate change”.Though such claims are often made, there is no evidence to support them.
A wide-ranging review of the data by the Oxford Martin School found no case of a livestock operation sequestering more greenhouse gases than the animals produce.
Moreover, because of the very large land area required for grazing livestock, pastoral systems carry a massive carbon opportunity cost (this means the carbon that would be captured if the land were returned to wild ecosystems).Read more on theguardian.com