The Australian beef industry has come out on top, in producing beef efficiently while minimising its impact on the climate.
A study from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences has found Australia produces beef with less carbon per kilo than most developed nations.
Cattle Australia chair, David Foote said the study backs up what cattle producers already knew.
“Australian producers are highly efficient, and that lowers our impact on the climate,” Mr Foote said.
“Efficient production systems produce less waste, and greenhouse gasses are a waste product.
“The report found our emissions intensities are below average, compared to other major developed countries.
“It also found we’ve done more to reduce emissions than most other developed countries in the past 30 years.
“Australian producers have achieved this with virtually no agricultural subsidies.
“We have always known Australia is a world leader, and this backs up cattle producers across Australia.
“This does not mean the job is done and the cattle industry will continue to work hard on improving our systems so we can continue our global leadership in providing safe, wholesome and sustainable beef.
“Australia is leading the way for good reason, and we have knowledge and experience that is valuable to other countries as they look to improve their production systems.
“This is another reason why Australians can be reassured their local beef producers are doing the right thing.
“At the end of the day, we are in this position because our industry is committed to best practices.
“A good, productive and efficient beef industry goes hand-in-hand with good environmental outcomes.
“All Australian cattle producers should hold their heads high, in the knowledge that they’re helping feed the world, while leaving the planet in better shape for future generations.”
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