MINI-DOC: Do Cows Contribute to Air Pollution?

Rich Groben

Rich Groben, Ag/FFA Reporter

Courtesy of the U.S. EPA

WOODBURY — According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, approximately 10% of 2019 greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. were attributed to agriculture. This figure includes emissions caused by soil management, manure treatment, and yes, methane flatulated by livestock.

While some advocates say that Americans need to become less reliant on livestock in order to reduce the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, agriculture experts at Nonnewaug believe the sector is already finding ways to become more environmentally friendly. These methods, they say, will have a more substantial impact on reducing America’s carbon footprint than cutting back on cheese and steak.