Opinion: 'Green' experts are too busy demonising beef to get their facts right
Finally, I have noticed an alarming increase in very damaging and ill-informed anti-beef sentiments being expressed in the media recently
While I share their concern on global warming, it would appear that many of these high-profile 'green experts' base much of their arguments on limited research while ignoring issues such as soil carbon and the huge effect it has on the 'carbon cycle'
Delegates attending the recent World Meat Congress in Uruguay were given an entirely different perspective of this issue; they heard how cattle grazing techniques can actually ameliorate the impact of global warming by capturing and storing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.
These views were expressed by Alan Savory of the Savory Institute in Colorado. A native of Zimbabwe, Savory has spent the last 50 years studying the causes of desertification around the world.
Mr Savoy is not alone, Judith D. Schwartz a freelance writer based in southern Vermont who has written on ecology and economics for Scientific American says that well maintained grassland is a very valuable carbon sink leading to suggestions that soil as a carbon storehouse could be a new weapon in the climate change battle.
The United Nations Framework on Climate Change through their 'Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry' (LULUCF) understands this concept also. LULUCF has also become an important part of the EU's climate policy which aims to reduce EU greenhouse gas emissions to at least 40pc below 1990 levels by 2030.
This programme examines the current use of land and strives to quantify the changes which our growing population has on land-use and land's ability to act as a carbon sink. It also studies the effect which remedial work could have in increasing the ability of degraded land's to absorb and store more soil carbon.
It appears that the carbon sequestration ability of grazed pasture has been vastly underestimated.