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Myth: Animal agriculture is responsible for 51 percent of greenhouse gas emissions.

Fact: According to the 2019 EPA report, agriculture (crop and livestock) accounts for only 10 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, making it impossible for animal agriculture to account for 51 percent of total emissions. On a global level, livestock production accounts for 14.5 percent, still proving that animal agriculture is not responsible for more than half of GHG emissions.


Today many are celebrating Earth Day, but for farmers and ranchers, every day is Earth Day! Caring for the land, water and air is a responsibility farmers take seriously. They understand the importance of protecting natural resources to ensure their children have the opportunity to continue farming and ranching.


Using renewable resources has been increasingly popular with pig farmers with some farms being even carbon neutral or negative.


Did you know cattle are upcyclers? This means that they are able to use land unsuitable for growing crops and turn it into a nutrient-dense protein source!


Sustainability is a continuous journey, not a destination. On #EarthDay and every day, farmers and ranchers are working to reduce their environmental footprint even  further.


Since 1975, farmers and ranchers raising beef cattle have improved practices and implemented new technologies to decrease methane emissions and their overall environmental impact.


Beef cattle raised in the U.S. are able to sequester and store enough carbon equivalent to taking 5.76 billion cars off the road every year.


Livestock are able to eat byproducts not consumable by humans and upcycle it into a nutritious protein source. This helps to reduce waste from other industries and assists each of us in meeting our daily nutrition requirements.


The chicken community has been able to significantly reduce the use of water, farmland, electricity, greenhouse gasses, and other valuable resources.


Over 95% of poultry litter is recycled and reused to fertilize crops.


Modern chicken houses are mostly controlled by a computer system that makes changes in the temperature and ventilation while saving gas and electricity. 


Plant and animal agriculture rely on each other. Recycling byproducts from crops and manure from livestock is a common practice that reduces waste and the environmental footprint of producing our favorite foods!


Compared to 1960, egg farmers have made significant strides in minimizing their environmental impact with the help of technological advancements and improved animal husbandry practices.


The U.S. ranks 3rd in worldwide total cattle population, producing 20% of the world’s beef with just 6.2% of the world’s cattle. Talk about sustainability!


Chicken farmers are hard at work taking care of our environment!


According to a new study, the inputs needed to produce a pound of pork in the United States became more environmentally friendly over time!


Raise a glass to dairy farmers! As of 2007, producing a gallon has a 63% smaller carbon footprint than in 1944, thanks to improvements made in cow comfort, health, nutrition and breeding.


In California, Oregon, Washington and Canada, sheep grazing in forest plantations can double the number of healthy trees and increase each tree’s growth by 30 percent compared with areas not grazed!


Between 1977-2007, cattle ranchers produced each pound of beef using 19 percent less feed, 33 percent less land, 12 percent less water.


The carbon footprint per billion kilograms of beef produced in 2007 was reduced by 16.3% compared with equivalent beef production in 1977. Beef ranchers are committed to environmental stewardship!

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