The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is scheduled to release a new report next week titled "Tackling Climate Change through Livestock, a Global Assessment of Emissions and Mitigation Opportunities," and two accompanying technical reports.
According to the International Meat Secretariat, these reports will provide much needed refinement of the earlier FAO analysis calculating the contribution of the global livestock sector to human-induced greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Using better methodology and data, the new reports estimate a smaller contribution - 14.5 percent of global emissions, compared to 18 percent in the previous report. More importantly, these reports will be useful in identifying the livestock sector's GHG mitigation potential, and possible mitigation and adaptation strategies.
However, the new reports continue to use 2005 as the reference period, which of course means that credit is not given to improvements that have been made since. Livestock production systems in many parts of the world, and certainly reflecting the bulk of global production, have made tremendous progress in increased efficiency.