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

  title={The role of ruminants in reducing agriculture's carbon footprint in North America},
  author={William R. Teague and Steven I. Apfelbaum and Rattan Lal and Urs P. Kreuter and Jason E. Rowntree and Chloe Davies and R. E. Conser and Mark Rasmussen and John P. Hatfield and T. Wang and F. F. Wang and Peter Byck},
  journal={Journal of Soil and Water Conservation},
  pages={156 - 164}
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… 

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