Comments on: Five meat and dairy companies emit more emissions than major oil companies, study finds https://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/news/five-meat-and-dairy-companies-emit-more-emissions-than-major-oil-companies-study-finds/ EU news and policy debates across languages Sat, 01 Sep 2018 21:43:35 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 By: re-update https://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/news/five-meat-and-dairy-companies-emit-more-emissions-than-major-oil-companies-study-finds/#comment-335121 Wed, 18 Jul 2018 17:33:12 +0000 https://www.euractiv.com/?post_type=news&p=1257824#comment-335121 This is just a ‘copy & paste’ of a comment that I made elsewhere, and needs to be reiterated at most opportunities; if only to try to offset the propaganda issued by various parties all the way down the value chain. It bears repeating, if only because it makes such profound sense in light of this and so many other reports, as well as engaging with the issue of our ongoing need for methane in the EU.

Realistically, biomethane could supply about 50% of residential gas demand, with very promising developments in power-to-methane using some form of CO2 stream within a single-step application making up the remainder:

Waste streams utilized for biogas production are really a quick and simple way to reduce the many different types of agricultural GHG emissions. Below is why:

1. The methane released by decomposing matter is the product being utilised; and when combusted this methane is downgraded to less immediately harmful CO2; while still being within the natural carbon cycle.

2. The residue from biogas production (substrate) is a valuable fertilizer, containing soil carbon and nutrients which can be returned to the soil.

3. Because less (or none at all – this is not uncommon) chemical fertilizer is being used, this offsets the use of fossil fuel for ammonia production, with its vast associated emissions.

4. This fertilizer is also not decomposing in the soil as it is not absorbed by plants, which halts the emission of NOx (nitrous oxide) emissions, which is the other major effect of chemical fertilizers.

5. Pollution via run-off is eliminated.

6. The soil is gaining carbon rather than losing it, therefore being carbon-negative.

7. Because you avoid using chemical crop treatments, you can use bio-organic crop controls for pests and diseases.

8. No smell.

9. The soil becomes stronger with less water requirements and stronger crop resilience.

10. Organic or semi-organic status improves the saleability of products.

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