Increasing beef production won’t reduce emissions

Ben Phalan, William J Ripple, Peter Smith

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De Oliveira Silva et al. (2016) model beef production in the Brazilian Cerrado, and conclude that – if accompanied by tight deforestation control – increasing production could lower emissions by incentivising better pasture management. While their analysis is valuable in identifying the conditions under which increasing meat consumption could be compatible with reducing greenhouse gas emissions, we believe that there is little chance of such conditions occurring in practice. Overall, increasing beef consumption and production is unlikely to be an effective lever for reducing emissions, and is more likely to exacerbate deforestation.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3255-3256
Number of pages2
JournalGlobal Change Biology
Issue number10
Early online date1 Aug 2016
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2016

Bibliographical note

BP is supported by a grant from CAPES (Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior) through the Brazilian Science without Borders programme (number 88881.068115/2014-01). He thanks Luciana Leite de Araújo for suggesting the topic of this letter.


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