(Note to Editors - No embargo)
6th May 2010
A few minutes ago the BBC
broadcast an interview with
In March, Dr Frank Mitloehner from
the University of California at Davis (UCD), author of a newly published study,
Clearing the Air: Livestock's Contribution
to Climate Change, said it is not scientifically accurate to blame
livestock for climate change. This was followed by one of the
authors of ‘Livestock's Long
Shadow', (which Sir Paul quoted this morning) FAO livestock policy officer,
Pierre Gerber, telling BBC News that he accepted Dr Mitloehner's
criticism. The BBC itself quoted
Several universities are now releasing studies that show that, except
in desert and water logged conditions, pasture sequesters far more carbon than
is released by the ruminants grazing it.
Another FAO release is entitled "Fighting climate change with grasslands - Vast
potential seen in pastures" dated January 2010[ii]. To quote
this FAO paper "Grasslands have vast
untapped potential to mitigate climate change by absorbing and storing
CO2. Pastures and rangelands represent a carbon sink that could be greater
than forests if properly managed."
"Covering some 30 percent of the earth's ice-free land surface and accounting for 70 per cent of its agricultural land, the world's 3.4 billion ha of grasslands can also play a major role in supporting the adaptation and reducing the vulnerability to climate change of over one billion people who depend on livestock for a living. Restoring organic matter to grassland soils....can therefore help sequester large amounts of carbon - up to 1 billion tonnes a year according to some estimates".
The NBA has written to the BBC asking that they go back to maintaining their good reputation for balance and accuracy in broadcasting.
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