Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, part of the environmental solution
The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef has launched its sustainability goals for the world’s beef value chain.
“The goals which we have launched today are a commitment from the global beef industry, articulating the role and responsibility that we are taking together towards achieving a more sustainable ecosystem," said RuaraidhPetre, executive director of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, via a news release.
The roundtable’s goals cover climate, land use and animal welfare. The three goals include reducing the net global warming impact of beef by 30% by 2030, ensuring the beef value chain contributes positively to nature and adopting best practices to provide cattle with an environment in which they can thrive.
The global roundtable is a network of producer groups, ag companies and processors, retailers, national roundtables (including the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef), government agencies, universities and other organizations.
The global roundtable’s goal to cut the beef industry’s global warming impact will put it “on a pathway to climate neutrality,” states the release. The roundtable intends to support the global goal of limiting global temperature rises to 1.5 degrees by 2030. That means incentivizing “climate-smart” beef production, processing and trade, while also protecting and building on carbon stored in soil and landscapes.
“Much is already being done to preserve grasslands, adopt regenerative practices, protect forests, enhance carbon sequestration, and optimize resources, but there is strong recognition of the need and opportunity to do more,” said Cherie Copithorne-Barnes, Calgary-area rancher and member-at-large of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef.
Reducing atmospheric greenhouse gases will require people to both reduce emissions and sequester more carbon. The beef industry can be a key player in sequestering carbon, with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recognizing the carbon-sequestering potential of grassland and cropland. All processors and retailers, and many producer organizations, have already set goals that align with the roundtable’s broader goal, the press release notes.
Written by Canadian Cattlemen Staff
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