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Livestock for reduced climate change impact
Scottish Consortium for Rural Research conference
March 20 2013
Dr Ann Bruce (Senior Research Fellow, STIS, University of Edinburgh) spoke about the different ways in which the ‘problem’ of methane is presented by different groups – farmers, journalists, academics. In popular culture methane is presented as a musing, and as arising from a single cause – hence cows cause global warming (through methane & CO2 emissions). Farmers, on the other hand, have a more complex picture of emissions from livestock and point to all the other sources of methane emissions, of which sheep and cows are only one source. There is thus the potential for conflict between different audiences, and hence the need for a range of approaches and different solutions for different actors.