The role of ruminants in reducing agriculture's carbon footprint in North America

@article{Teague2016TheRO,
  title={The role of ruminants in reducing agriculture's carbon footprint in North America},
  author={W. R. Teague and S. Apfelbaum and R. Lal and U. P. Kreuter and J. Rowntree and C. Davies and R. Conser and M. Rasmussen and J. Hatfield and T. Wang and F. Wang and P. Byck},
  journal={Journal of Soil and Water Conservation},
  year={2016},
  volume={71},
  pages={156 - 164}
}
  • W.R. Teague, S. Apfelbaum, +9 authors P. Byck
  • Published 2016
  • Environmental Science
  • Journal of Soil and Water Conservation
  • Owing to the methane (CH4) produced by rumen fermentation, ruminants are a source of greenhouse gas (GHG) and are perceived as a problem. We propose that with appropriate regenerative crop and grazing management, ruminants not only reduce overall GHG emissions, but also facilitate provision of essential ecosystem services, increase soil carbon (C) sequestration, and reduce environmental damage. We tested our hypothesis by examining biophysical impacts and the magnitude of all GHG emissions from… CONTINUE READING
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