Mitigating greenhouse gases through livestock intensification in Brazil

We estimate the mitigation benefits of intensifying production in pasture-based Brazilian beef production systems. The amount of greenhouse gases emitted per kilogram of meat can be reduced by increasing the quality of the diet. Increasing diet quality can also lead to increased productivity per animal and production per hectare of land. When these effects are coupled, less livestock can produce the product required. This results in lower greenhouse gas emissions from fewer, more efficient animals. We project the physical and economic benefits of these synergies, for all the grazing lands of Brazil, using several different simulation tools.

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