Can technology reduce agricultural emissions without herd cuts?

Irish Times | Dec 9, 2021 at 6:02 AM
  • Ireland’s emissions of greenhouse gas from agriculture are among the highest in the world, relatively speaking, but scientists here say that technological solutions are emerging that can provide significant cuts in such gases without resorting to drastic culling of herd numbers.
  • Dr Sinéad McPartland, a research officer at the Teagasc Animal and Grassland Research and Innovation Centre at Moorepark, has been capturing information about the emissions dairy cows are producing by piggybacking on existing national milk reporting networks.
  • This work is promising, but Dr Harry Clark at the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre estimates that it will be at least 10 years before a methane vaccine can be developed.